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A poem for Holocaust Memorial Day by Matt Windle


Holocaust Memorial Day


The Gravestone

The gravestone sits there doing nothing and standing still
Though we want these people to be reborn and we would try with all of our will
But that cannot be done or at least it remains to be seen
The tragic events we would love to have dodged has happened we can't change history
All we can do is remember and be thankful of the people that lived
Because if we were in their situation would we be brave enough to do what they did
Stand and fight for their right not backing down, no never
Why can't we remember love not war and all celebrate together
Who cares what colour or religion we are on the inside we're all the same
Let's hope a tragedy like this one never happens, never happens again
Thousands of gravestones from the killings there was more than one or two
It more like 11 million; 6 million of them were Jews
The other 5 were just disliked they didn't have a clue
About what they were doing wrong or what else they could do
All because people were different, didn't believe in the same thing as you
That still doesn't give anybody the right to kill who they wanted to
The gypsies were also punished because it was believed they practiced witchcraft
The nazis also saw them as pests so sent them to concentration camp
They were given a triangle that was black and it had the letter T
But the Jehovah's witnesses triangle was purple and that had the letter B
In 1933 the rule was fulfilled
That their religious meetings go on no longer and then half of their population was killed
But the strange thing is most of these people felt they were just as German as any one else
If you ask my opinion I think the Nazis are the odd ones out
Just think without that day how right now would have changed
Would there have been so many innocents in an early grave?
Little children younger than me witness the assassination of their dad and mom
But what they also don't understand is that their time now how has come
Not all the soldiers want to do this but if they do so much as moan
They will join all the others in the early gravestone
None of us in our wildest dreams could know how they must have been feeling
To wake up and none of this ever really happened, you know I must have been dreaming
They had to hide, lock their selves away
To hope and pray they live one more day
How long could they go with out being found?
Because if they were they be just another grave stone in the ground
So for all the heroes who died for their right they will never be forgotten
See this will always be fresh in our minds even when the gravestones are rotten.

Matt Windle

 

Matt Windle on stage

 

Matt Windle was the Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham 2007-2008

 

 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Matt wrote The Gravestone for Holocaust Memorial Day 2008.

The adult Poet Laureate for Birmingham 2007-8, Charlie Jordan also wrote a commemorative poem.

The two previous Young Poets Laureate also wrote poems:

No. 193945 Final Solution of the Jewish Question by Jennifer Brough, Birmingham Young Poet Laureate 2006-7
My brother by Helen Monks, Birmingham Young Poet Laureate 2005-2006


Books and websites about the holocaust

You can find out more about the holocaust through the books on our Holocaust Memorial Day booklist for young people or by following the links from our page on websites about the Holocaust.

More about Matt Windle

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