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The Blood In Babi Yar
by Gloria Gay
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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A deep ravine in Kiev, Ukraine, is seeped with the blood of the thousands who died at the hands of their murderers, the German Nazis.

pushed from that sharp cliff,

amid the scent of death

I joined the thousands

who that day died in Babi Yar;


nor Russian nor Jew was I

but was so in knowing

now bare but for the dirt and air

that deep ravine;


blood seeped on the dirt

shots echoed through the hills

crows on death watch

swooped low on piles of death;


a child reached out to me

and in embrace we sank

on a sea of arms and legs

as her breath abruptly stopped;


When Nazi soldiers with their boots

walked on my neck and chest

and on my heart and head;

my untouched soul recoiled;


I saw human masks, not men,

and wondered if they knew

they had sold their souls that day

in that ravine;


history becomes the priest

who weds assassins to their deeds

who thought to murder and forget

but left their minds in Babi Yar.

 Copywrite 2007 - "The Blood in Babi Yar" was published in the 2007 issue of Writer's Journal under the writer's maiden name, Gloria Caballero





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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/14/2014

poignant read, a horrible time in a tragic place

Reviewed by Paul Judges 12/20/2011
A shocking incident. Well written, Gloria
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 12/17/2011
The horrendousness of that war. Especially "that" war will never be forgiven.
Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 3/21/2011
A difficult subject beautifully expressed.

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 8/16/2010
This is sad that the Nazis actually believed themselves to be the superior race. Were they all as mad as Hitler? What I could never figure out though is that I was told that Hitler was also Jewish, but I could never figure out why he hated his own race. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister Barbie.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/24/2010
history becomes the priest
who weds assassins to their deeds
who thought to murder and forget
but left their minds in Babi Yar

How sad that we continue to wage wars thus proving that we really have not learned very much at all. A deeply meaningful write, Gloria. Love and peace to you,


Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/24/2010
Outstanding write, filled with the deep sadness and pain of this unhumane time of world history. May we never forget those who died, nor forget that it could happen again and we must be ever vigilant.
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