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Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Note:  Every year the government sets aside a Day of Remembrance for the 
Holocaust.  This year it is the first week of May.  Please share this with everyone so 
that none of us or our children ever forget.


They rounded us up one day in the rain
Herded us into a cattle-car train
We were just Jews, it was simple and plain
The pain – we must always remember

When the train stopped there were so many dead
Ushered into two groups, tears were all shed
Weak ones culled out and away they were led
That said – we must always remember

None of this ever has made any sense
Staying alive in good health our defense
We'd spend every day praying out by the fence
Consequence – we must always remember

At night we would gather and in silence we pray
Pray that we make it through one more day
What tomorrow would bring – no one could say
Today – we must always remember

Each morning we’d line up; they’d walk down the rows
Deciding who lives; deciding who goes
Each morning we’d pray that we weren’t one of those
God knows – we must always remember

And the stench in the camp from the ovens by noon
Reminded us all of our impending doom
Relief from this hell-hole could not come too soon
Repugn – we must always remember

There were thousands of us left back in the damp
In our bunks, in the ovens, or the cattle-car ramps
And surviving this ordeal left its own stamps
The camps – we must always remember

So each year we gather on Remembrance Day
To honor the loved ones who have passed away
And the horrible price that they had to pay
We pray – we will always remember

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  1. Date: 5/21/2011 3:05:00 AM
    Terrific poetry Mike, it's certainly an era of history that will remain for many. I do hope that man will eventually learn from such attrocities. I have also written a poem on this tragic even, it's called " Holokauston " Many thanks for your comment on my Limerick, have a lovely weekend....:)

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 7:11:00 AM
    Always a pleasure to read your poetry Mike. Have a wonderful weekend filled with good health, love, and inspiration to continue your poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 5:37:00 PM
    We are all equally imperfect. When any race feels that are superior, then they exponentially devalue their own race.

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 12:38:00 PM
    this is so powerful. nicely written good job! cory