May we never forget.
May the holocausts of others be ended.
May hate find no place.
May humanity take precedence.
At the vanishing point
They have passed
To be gassed,
To a world
That forever now must,
How the place
Of no return
Has been crossed,
And we none are
For hate’s shadow’s
In the name of those
Who shall not be forgot,
We can vow to hold hope,
And let compassion
There is harm in the air
There are guards
Tearing babies from arms.
Those before us who fought
For the hunted, the hurt
Weep in graves
As the country they served
Mutates to enact
On the wrong tracks.
Awaken to what never should have
Whose lives were snuffed by calculated horror
Because such evil
Should not be allowed,
And yet there are the voices
There are those
Who would repeat,
Who relish violence and
Lament “not finishing the job.”
To what never should have
Some photos of a layered world aren’t pretty. Some are there to remind us of history that shouldn’t have happened yet did: People stacked in slave ships’ holds. People forced to march. People warehoused in concentration camps. People massacred. People just like us … stripped of dignity. Dehumanized.
And yet. People they each were. Each one a universe of thoughts and soul and feelings. Each one worthy. Each a human being.
Layered in the bowels of our collective histories are memories that hurt as the agony they resurrect is peeled away so they be seen. And yet they may be there exactly to remind us what we should know … and never repeat.
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