AUSCHWITZ BLUEPRINTS

gaskammer
gaskammer
an eleven by
eleven metre
gas chamber

pump it in
drag them out to
the corpse cellar
the leichenkiller
throw them in
then later take to
the crematorium

2008 seventy years
after kristallnacht
and a berlin apartment
wretches up yellowing
blueprints for the
expansion of auschwitz
they are from 1941
so yes
they had it planned
they had their final solution
oiled and primed in ‘42
the brainstorm
the brainkill
the heartfuck
the downthedrain
the passtheblame
the wannsee protocol
about as efficient as
a death machine can be

at auschwitz-birkenau
in poland 1.1 million
jews were decimated

gassing began in ‘41
in ’42 they added four
large gas chambers
the impossible
became possible

so i sit
i close my eyes
i visualize
i try to realize
get around the wall
of fear of tears
of screams
of silence
of death smell
of degradation that knows
no bounds
and
instead
think of the small quiet
man drawing careful lines
on paper with pen
ink and ruler
and writing such words
on the blueprints
as
auschwitz
gaskammer
and
leichenkiller

it cannot make sense
and it’s happening this
very moment

if we didn’t
have language
would such
things happen
could such
things happen

then
i open my eyes
and everything
is still here

 

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