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Holocaust
by Sudeep Pagedar

How do you
explain that term
to a ten-
year old boy
who, one day,
hears it mentioned
by some relatives?

And even if
you do manage

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Passover Night 1942
by Yala Korwin

not a crumb of leavened
or unleavened bread
and no manna fell

no water sprang out
of the bunker's wall
the last potato was gone

we sat and we munched
chunks of potato-peels

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For Those Whom The Bells Are Tolling ... (Apropos The Children Of War And Famine)
by Millard Lowe

The acid rains have come and gone
Leaving nuclear winters
Chasing the autumns of our lives.

Drying bones, wrapped in a parched skins
Silhouette the inept horizons
Of the desert's edge.

Famine, the silent emissary of death
Carpets the naked altar of life:

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Holocaust
by Barbara Sonek

We played, we laughed
we were loved.
We were ripped from the arms of our
parents and thrown into the fire.
We were nothing more than children.
We had a future. We were going to be lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers. We had dreams, then we had no hope. We were taken away in the dead of night like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering, crying, starving, dying. Separated from the world to be no more. From the ashes, hear our plea. This atrocity to mankind can not happen again. Remember us, for we were the children whose dreams and lives were stolen away.

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The Burning Of The Books
by Bertolt Brecht

When the Regime
commanded the unlawful books to be burned,
teams of dull oxen hauled huge cartloads to the bonfires.

Then a banished writer, one of the best,
scanning the list of excommunicated texts,
became enraged: he'd been excluded!

He rushed to his desk, full of contemptuous wrath,
to write fierce letters to the morons in power —

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If this is a man
by Josh Lyndon

A man who commited no crime,
Yet forced to do the hardest time.
They shaved his head,
Gave him straw for a bed.
There was something special they knew,
But he was a convicted jew.
The nazi's seeked to destroy,
Primo Levi the geniouse boy.
Sent to work in the cold all day.
Not a bad word would he say.

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A Recantation
by Rudyard Kipling

1917
What boots it on the Gods to call?
Since, answered or unheard,
We perish with the Gods and all
Things made--except the Word.

Ere certain Fate had touched a heart
By fifty years made cold,
I judged thee, Lyde, and thy art
O'erblown and over-bold.

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Burning Drift-Wood
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Before my drift-wood fire I sit,
And see, with every waif I burn,
Old dreams and fancies coloring it,
And folly's unlaid ghosts return.

O ships of mine, whose swift keels cleft
The enchanted sea on which they sailed,
Are these poor fragments only left
Of vain desires and hopes that failed?


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Contact With Outer Space
by Tom W. Timms

How many surprises will the new millennium yield
On this earthly orbiting planet
Shall we really make contact with outer space
How shall we greet them face to face Would it be with derision and atom blast
Destruction of their outer planet caste??
Like kiddies watching open mouthed (Let's say)
Star Wars shown on T.V. today The cloning of Tessa the lamb shows us the way
Our creator wants us to go "Some Day"
Woman no longer reliant on a male mate
For the continuance reproduction of a child state "Cloning" females only - may be the best

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Holocaust
by Barbara Sonek

We played, we laughed
we were loved.
We were ripped from the arms of our
parents and thrown into the fire.
We were nothing more than children.
We had a future. We were going to be lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers. We had dreams, then we had no hope. We were taken away in the dead of night like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering, crying, starving, dying. Separated from the world to be no more. From the ashes, hear our plea. This atrocity to mankind can not happen again. Remember us, for we were the children whose dreams and lives were stolen away.

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