Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 10 years ago

Identify thIs type of poem!?


Mothers and fathers, children, babies too

Gone in a blink into the empty sky

Their simple crime was being born a Jew.

Hard to believe whole countries never knew.

Too terrified, perhaps, to even try

Imagine what a Fascist world might do.

Wives, youngsters, husbands, all with a tattoo

Unless it was decreed that they should die -

Shuffling towards the showers in a queue.

All their tomorrows up some Nazi flue.

And still men jib at facts, and would deny

That millions walked into the shower’s adieu.

Those cattle trucks from Europe thundered through

Whole towns where no-one heard each ghetto’s cry

The moral compass shattered, all askew.

Go visit Auschwitz. Learn that this is true,

Feel the despair of those who here passed by

Vast evil out of racial hatred grew,

Live for today, but give the dead their due.

Sheena Blackhall


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  • 10 years ago
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    This poem has the rhyme scheme and line count of a villanelle, but not the pattern of repeated lines. Web search "villanelle" for more information.

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