Sunday, October 15, 2023

"I Read Anne's Diary"

 It's been a tough week of weeping, praying, fasting, and worrying about people we know who were trying to get transportation home from Israel, and spending too many hours glued to our radios and televisions, listening for the latest news updates.

The first draft of today's poem, "I Read Anne's Diary" was written, Thursday afternoon, during a Zoom poetry workshop led by Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Here's the finished product, following a few revisions and tweaks...

Anne Frank

"The Diary of a Young Girl"


Terrorist attack on Israel, October 7, 2023


I was a teenager

when I read Anne Frank’s diary

for the first time

and clearly recall the young Jewish girl

(who was hiding in an attic

with her family, during the Holocaust)

writing that she believed

people were basically good at heart—


Eventually her family was captured by the Nazis

Anne was sent to Auschwitz, then Bergen-Belsen

where she died during the typhus epidemic


That was many, many years ago

but her words are still with me—


especially this week

when after planning their moves

for two years, Hamas

launched a brutal terrorist attack

on the Israel I love


They took hostages, bombed, murdered—

not just murdered, slaughtered

in the most horrifying ways imaginable

men, women, children, babies


so I think of Anne again and Israelis

think of evil that is in the world

I weep and fast and pray

and worry about people I know

who are in Israel trying to get home


Bombing on both sides will get worse


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

says no Hamas member

will be left alive


I believe God is in control—


I wish I could believe

people are basically good at heart


Maude Carolan Pych

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