In anger, I want to shake you.

The burning fades—

now overwhelming sympathy

for the emptiness of your still-growing brain.


I want a hand to pick you up and thrust you back in time,


to place you strategically between the gray, naked bodies,

to sit you in front of the howling rotting faces

and show you each one in life:

pink, smiling, happy humanity.


To plunge you into the heart of a Jewish child, lost

without family or home,

let you bask in the dissociation of his mind

for an hour or two.


Would it change your mind?




Corinna German writes creative non-fiction and poetry with the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of Wyoming and Montana over her shoulder. Her work has appeared in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers (Sastrugi Press), Manifest West: Women of the West (Western Press Books), and High Plains Register.