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A friend who put me on the track so to speak was Rodger Roman. Very intelligent and maybe misunderstood spoke to me and commanded me to take myself more seriously regarding my poetry. Rodg, thanks . Its because I listened to you that my poetry was launched. He left me with these words ( not his own) How odd- of God- To choose- the Jews And yes. I can answer your next question reader.. As a youngster I gobbled up every millimeter of book or film around the hollocaust and followed the persecution of Eichmann and the rest of Simon Wiesenthalls crew. Met survivors of that the hollocaust and had friends frequented Auswitsch and the other camps. Its still very tender this subject. We still have residue of nazi criminals here and I personally know them too. Looking beyond its cruelty and shame, I wonder whats to become of us now, here.Its totally EVIL. So Jean, Reynecke kicked my ass and said "just do it" and so I placed this poem here He saw those camps. He being the founder of Africa Land over here , asked me to display my poetry in the museum in which Eugene Marais, South African poet extraordinaire, lived and died. He was my hero and genius . What an honour for me.Thanks Jean.
....in retrospect There were mirrors there Behind it, where all the Jews would hide How can someone blame the black despair? All You were, was a mirror over there Flooding naked imagery Flowing naked mercury Proof there were no fa-ked lies Unless words were pressed against the frame Somehow you couldnt recognise... your name... Half blinded.. Besides, you would deny it anyway One day while searching for those wandering Jews Purple flowers in my garden winked at me " we are they, if so you choose" The mirror held was upside down (It never mattered anyway) So I kept on walking on and on Until this very day Ive heard it said just the other day They used it to flash the sun Hoping it would shine away As some were hiding in its shade A million miles away Behind that fragile pane of glass The looking glass kept looking past And keeps looking for today Looking at the torn disguise And the lying enemy eyes Though their lips were moist with movement As yet the sound remained unheard The spoken word was truth One day it all may come to you Whispered by a little bird Ive held so high your high regard And so your high esteem Your badge of broken Jew And friends by lives devided seen I tried imagining I was you Walking, standing in your wretched shoes To us were done similar things They also covered up the truth In fact its happening here and now How much cover do they need? In honour tried to imitate , sometimes even emulate Your cheeky contraband Conducting your own orchestra While playing your own band This mirror holding up I see If I was ever to wear those clothes Emblazoned by a David star Embattled with a Jewish scar I wish to have your nose The link between us circumcised A covenant yet not broken A people not yet broken by the blues My love was found Intact profound In around the nation of the Jew

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Date: 9/3/2018 9:12:00 PM
Congratulations my friend for sharing. A very inspiring and POWERFUL PIECE OF ART. Ernilando
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Jannie Breedt
Date: 9/4/2018 2:32:00 AM
Ernilando is a beautiful name. I am so honoured by your visit and feel so guilty for my recent absence on Soup and to my very dear friends I miss. Its my firm resolve to return soon and interact. Its simply not possible right now. I will reciprocate. Thank you Ernilando
Date: 11/14/2017 9:18:00 AM
Jannie - A WOW. I don't know if it's sobriety or the result of practice, but you have honed your writing skills into dramatic, uniquely crafted and grabbing pieces. Your ability creates compelling pieces! 5th stanza, 5th line: "I tried imagined" should be, "I tried imagining" - the keyboard got you. I'm wowed ... CayCay
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Date: 11/14/2017 1:11:00 PM
Cay Cay I wrote this of the bat. I so value your input off course. This one takes me on a spiritual level and my soul twists in me. It needs careful editing but its as if I touch it , it might break. Thank you from my heart
Date: 8/11/2017 10:49:00 AM
I have no words that will do justice to this piece except thank you.
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Date: 9/16/2017 2:18:00 PM
Israel and.the Boer nation (us).are the only two nations that made a covenant. You know..... they said they only followed "procedure" . I HATE that word.
Date: 7/19/2017 2:15:00 PM
You just unzipped the covers of my mind to the unprecedented worship of your adorable lines with a powerful choice of words that can't just be ignored. Showers of your wisdom is well palpated in this page and the only thing I can say is a big WELL DONE! Can't wait to have more of your mental command flowing through my reading mind.
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Date: 8/7/2017 9:07:00 AM
Oh Fen om, how happy to see you here. I must admit I haven't been very faithful of late on PS and also to you. Nevertheless It's so nice to receive such accolades from you. I will catch up soon ,I promise
Date: 7/11/2017 6:13:00 PM
I agree with the others here. VERY powerful poem, Jannie. WE can feel your profound thoughts on this topic. I cannot believe the things that have been done to certain groups of people such as the Jews, even things not done in times of war. How can mankind be so cruel?
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Date: 7/8/2017 7:53:00 PM
W O W!! This is powerful stuff. It's a fantastic piece of art that's should be displayed somewhere everyone can read.
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Date: 6/8/2017 10:34:00 AM
Powerful poetry, Jannie. Your pen pricks the soul. Your intrepid words make us confront our hidden prejudicial agendas. Keep keeping us all honest in our dealings w/one another, brother. Supremely humane poetry. Very spiritual. Love always to the brotherhood of man.
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Date: 6/8/2017 3:42:00 AM
wow so deep i love it
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Date: 6/6/2017 10:54:00 AM
Wonderfully written Jannie about a horrible situation, it's so hard to fathom mans inhumanity, although we know that behind all these atrocities, is a sinister spirit bent on wiping out all of God's children. We have a common bond, as many Jehovah's Witnesses were also persecuted and killed by the Nazi regime. I have friends who are holocaust survivors, they continue to tell the story.
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Date: 6/6/2017 12:23:00 PM
I believe we were placed here for one reason only. To overcome. They did - we must
Date: 6/4/2017 11:15:00 PM
Dear Jannie, perhaps you were in their shoes in a past life. I strongly believe that the things and people we are drawn to in life have a connection with a past life. Your poem is a masterpiece my friend...truly an inspired gift! I hope many will get to read this wonder! : )
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Date: 6/4/2017 11:22:00 PM
Et tù Brutus? I reiterate what I said to Greg just now. Connie I esteem you guys so much . Thank you.
Date: 6/4/2017 6:51:00 PM
This is a work of Art, my friend, and I am favorite-ing immediately and sharing with some friends and family. This is a must-read and holds within its borders multiple lessons in empathy, kindness, and the treatment of our fellow man. Just wonderful and so powerfully worded - adore this!
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Date: 6/4/2017 10:38:00 PM
Your comment touched me deeply. I was unsure about this poem and left it unedited. Now I have found inspiration to go on. I have been a bit down lately but this changes everything. Iteans souch to me ty
Date: 5/31/2017 1:03:00 PM
So powerfully penned Jannie the horror of the holocaust is still so raw to many and poems like yours are so important and I am delighted your works are featured in the museum:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/18/2017 10:02:00 AM
It is possible that you do not have more comments because people are not sure to what the poem is speaking to. I think this an excellent display of your poetic talent and you are a very talented poet.
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Date: 5/21/2017 2:11:00 PM
In all honesty.I have not edited this work. At the time of writing I was "attaçked" by the Muse . I left it just so.
Date: 5/16/2017 4:12:00 PM
I am not surprised you were given the honour of having your poem displayed. An excellent poem!!
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Date: 5/21/2017 2:14:00 PM
Hi Carol you consistenly give me compliments. All i can say is thank you. I am very honoured by your visits. Live Jannie
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Date: 5/21/2017 2:14:00 PM
..love Jannie..