Looking into She'ol from Ten Thousand Feet

Looking into She'ol from Ten Thousand Feet 
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Looking into She'ol
from ten thousand feet

Terrible images
seared into eternity
pits of darkness
papers, ashes, children strewn
everywhere writhing
everywhere burnt.

can we
dare we
look away?

Despite eyelids shut with willful self-interest
we are witness to it all.

Images of writhing Syrian children
unbombed train tracks at Auschwitz
and a city of ruins
haunt me tonight.

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