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“During World War II,
Irena slept with a Saturday,
and donated the rain to our children.”

 

A lady, turned 98, died today.
Her name was Irena Sendler.
She left the lights (and TV) on.
During World War II,
Irena slept with a Saturday,
and donated the rain to our children:
she got a job as a nurse in the Warsaw ghetto,
but, as a specialist in sewers and culverts,
her intentions were, fortunately, considerably beyond:
she knew what orcs were planning
creating angels,
Hugo Boss clothing
insatiable hedonism?,
maybe,
an iron discipline,
inventing a New World Order…
those things,
so she pulled away Jews’ babies,
hidden in an ambulance,
in a toolbox,
and older children,
in a burlap sack at the bottom of it,
a total of 2,500;
she also had a dog of indeterminate breed,
whom he had trained to bark the orcs,
when she went in and out of the ghetto.
Naturally, the soldiers didn’t want to know anything about the dog
(whose barking covered the groans of creatures):
Irena slept with a Saturday,
and donated the rain to our children:
thus, color blue arose
(as intense as the essence of the twilight sky above).

Let´s have a coffee
(as long as it is not a military one)

I decide to stay staring at nowhere,
without trying anything
(I thank you for accompanying me in my hour break).
I see a man sleeping in a doorway.
The Europe of Coal and Steel,
in the bottom of the stomach.
So I ask for your help:
because of your friendship with smuggling
(or you wannabe lost souls,
mother and daughter?).
Wind clothing is not going to make us turn into wind
(patience doesn’t scare me).
Tell me about the place where we have been locked.
How to furnish selflessness,
what can you say, then, about the lack
(and it’s not possible, of course).

 

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Post image of Holocaust Memorial by claudia gabriela marques vi via Flickr.

About the Author:

Portrait - HidalgoTS Hidalgo holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a MBA (IE Business School), a MA in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa, India and Australia, and he has been the winner of prizes like the Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) in the short story category and a finalist at Festival Eñe in the novel category. He is currently developing his career in finance and stock-market in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa, India and Australia.

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