Laura Zucca-Scott

Cherries for the Prisoners (1943)
The women and children
Brought fresh cherries
To the prisoners in the cattle cars
Their hands red
Picking fruits fast
From the nearby cherry trees
Ripe of hope against reason

Hearts beating fast
Lives could be lost
For a simple act of kindness
Small hands
Big hands
Not able to touch
If not for a fleeting moment

When they arrived to the concentration camp
The violins were playing a bizarre welcome
The cherries a distant memory of sunshine

Soon to be forgotten


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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