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      Nisan 27, 5770, 4/11/2010

      Poetry Submission: For Holocaust Memorial Day


      The problem with you Jews…
      by Kathy Napper, Israel
       
      “The problem with you Jews”, they say
      “Is that you can’t forgive!
      Learn to forgive and to forget
      Then you’ll begin to live”
       
      “Our kin would never forget us 
      If we’d died in their stead
      Then how can we forgive their deaths
      Because we lived instead?”
       
      “Why can’t you just forget”, they say
      “Forgive and just move on”?
      “How can we simply just forget
      Those that are dead and gone?”
       
      “Our kin were slaughtered, old and young,
      Gassed, burned, starved, beaten, shot!
      How can the living then forgive
      That which the dead would not?”
       
      “Why must you keep reminding us?”
      They say, “Just let it be!”
      “For us, our future is our past
      What was is yet to be!”
       
      “Our kin cannot forgive, forget
      The murder of our brothers,
      Because we lived while others died -
      Our children, fathers, mothers!”
       
       “The problem with you Jews”, they say
      “Is that you won’t forget!”
      “The problem is with you”, we say
      “In that you don’t regret!”
       
      ----
       
      “You say we should forgive, forget?
      We can’t believe it’s true
      That after all you’ve done to us
      You still expect us to!” 
       

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