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Poem: Buried Alive

Updated on November 17, 2012

Another day comes to an end,

a collective of seconds, minutes and hours.

Once a vibrant beam of life,

now entrapped within a web of deceit.


A punishment for who knows what?

Tortured by day and by night.

No end appears to be in sight.


Good versus evil,

the unfairness of it all.


Existing without living,

crossing dates off a cell wall.


A corpse rotting away,

decomposing day by day.


No one cares, they do as they are told,

they've learned to look away and not be bold.

Glad it isn't them,

a duty, merely filling a mold.


Never to see the break of day.

Never allowed to be okay.


Joy in harming an innocent,

a sick and unlawful imprisonment.


Copyright 2012, Robin Grosswirth

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Just a beautiful poem.. I love it..

    Good versus evil,

    the unfairness of it all.

    Existing without living,

    crossing dates off a cell wall.

    great lines

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Debbie

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    Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

    I know what I came away with. Isn't that how it is with these things at times? I know that I was imprisoned for a time by what I felt were the judgements and condemnation of others. They didn't approve of me and my choices. It can mean lonely isolation. I enjoyed this, especially certain lines. No one cares, they do as they are told,

    they've learned to look away and not be bold.

    Never to see the break of day.

    Never allowed to be okay.

    Nicely done Robin

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    So true for most and for so many "reasons". Wonderfully expressed. Thank you.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Haunting and mind bending...one never knows...

    Voted UP and ABI.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    DeborahBrooks Thank you for taking the time to read this piece. Glad it resonated with you and that you found the wording profound.

    Cam8510 Thanks for the read. Glad the words resonated with you and that you were able to draw personal connections to the piece.

    Mhatter99 Thanks for the read and for the accolades.

    marcoujor Thanks for the read. Glad the imagery touched you.

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    breakfastpop 4 years ago

    So many people exist without living. This is a great piece of writing. Up and awesome.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Thanks prof! I appreciate it when you stop by and read my work. Glad you enjoyed.

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    europewalker 4 years ago

    Awesome poem Robin! How true the words "Existing without living, crossing dates off a cell wall." Sad that many people live this way. Voted up and awesome:)

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    europewalker Thanks for reading my poem and for your thoughtful commentary.

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I recently saw a documentary from a book written by a man, whose father was a concentration camp survivor. One of the survivors included in the documentary was a woman who described, with a voice that broke at the recounting, the last day of the war, when the German prison guards could have run away, but chose, instead, to march starving women prisoners around in vicious circles until the weakest collapsed. They then proceeded to have the stronger women bury the weakest alive. I was horrified to learn that any human being could inflict further abject cruelty as a choice on victims already desecrated at their hands. They were not doing what they were told at this point. They were haters that were so monstrous they could not even claim their true nature. The tears I shed when learning this were from sadness for the victims, and rage that this could ever happen. Your profound piece reminded me that there are monsters that exist that call themselves human and it is scarier than any Stephen King tale, because it is real. Excruciatingly emotional writing that deals with a piece of history, Robin, that I wish was not true.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Amy Becherer Abject cruelty lives on because people do seek revenge on others, pain being a sport to watch. I have been a recipient of such torture, so I know this personally.

    As for the history you documented, the Nazi soldiers of the Holocaust, they were indoctrinated to such a degree and I believe possessed inherent traits that found satisfaction in harming others (nature and nurture effect). People are born with a "chip" that enables them to comfortably harm others. Added to that, indoctrination, and you have a recipe for a misguided soul and perfect sociopath. They really do exist. And, people (bystanders) are just thrilled it isn't them.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Hauntingly sorrowful. Enjoyed this. I'm on the side of goodness.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Robin - My mind is in an area where it doesn't want to be. The worst crime to be convicted of is one of which you are innocent. Your picture brings the feeling of such to the forefront of feeling crushed and having no direction to travel. Absolutely a great job all the way around!

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    GypsyRoseLee Thank you for your continued readership and glad you enjoyed this piece. I am on the side of goodness as well; however, sometimes good triumphs over evil.

    rcrumple Thank you for your continued readership as well. And, I am happy this resonated with you and provoked you on an important level.

    Happy holidays to you both.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow. This poem can be understood on so many levels. All of us have our own prisons. Life isn't fair. In this world, evil triumphs over good.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    verspawoolf Thank you for the commentary. Glad it moved you.

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    Anupama 3 years ago from Nepal

    "Existing without living,

    crossing dates off a cell wall."

    Loved this line :) and the whole poem is well crafted :)

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    Tijani Achamlal 22 months ago from Morocco

    BEAUTIFUL

    You re very talented.

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    Robin Grosswirth 22 months ago from New York

    Anumaha Thank you for reading my work and for your thoughtful underscoring .

    James-wolve Thank you for taking the time to read my work, and for the accolade.

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    Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

    OMG... This poem is amazing. I have never been touched so deeply by the pain of good versus evil and how unfair life can be, especially when we are just existing like rotting corpses, not really living at all. Amazing, absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this. Have to vote it up.

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    Robin Grosswirth 22 months ago from New York

    the rawspirit Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

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