No yellow brick road.
It’s fire brick, used for ovens.

A walkway cul-de-sac
not a scenic drive.

Buttons of every size,
shape, color & un-Aryan creed.

Stored like ashes
in giant glass urns.

sunk left and right

to abhor inhumanity.
Now, a tourist attraction.


[Holocaust Memorial-Peoria, Illinois]


Image credit:Cat Han

Thomas J Strong Bio

I was born in St. Paul, Mn the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017 and am working full time pursuing my muses.