Member Rara Avis
A challenge well-met indeed. Something as horrific as the Holocast I'd never attempt in writing. It's too easy to use pat cliches for evil, sweeping generalities for suffering, and whatever we absorbed by watching old reels -- which brings the sights, but not so much the sounds, the smells, and all the other tactile horrors. Having said that, I also have to say both of you did a tremendous job with it. You steered away from simplicity and really hit hard. The image of "women in a line/all of them die" (paraphrase) and the other poem, with its effective pairings of words that wouldn't go together in a saner world, ... just, wow. Great, great work. Let's hope those sorts of actions are never repeated...