I stand at the edge of the world
where the clouds
and shadows meet.
The darkness draws me in
an echo resonating in my being.
The war was long
rays of light
Names will be called
as we whisper under
The sound of the names called
will make us shudder,
leave us empty
Their stories are mine,
their loss is ours.
My great grandparents
in cold blood,
their blood is still
pulsating in my veins.
The roots of my tree
have been cut down
I lost my religion,
but I never lost hope.
I am spirtual
but not religous
and with that
I am not forgetting them.
I will not forget
or be silenced.
I'll wear the yellow
star on my heart for them.
We were not connected
but by humanity.
I will remember,
they are engraved on the
walls of my heart.
Dedicated to those perished and those who survived including my dear father that was a light in my life.
yes, we are connected well beyond religeon or other monikers...we are...and that makes us connected...going to the holocaust museum rocked me...to think of the atrocities we have commited against ourselves...ReplyDelete
Going to the holocaust museum I think is a must..I remember how much it moved you,Delete
Never again to forget, always to remember them ~ We are all connected by humanity ~ A lovely message here Ayala ~ReplyDelete
We are all connected and that is why it's outrageous that it happened..and that hate is rising once again and that there are places in the world where genocide is happening right now.Delete
Each and everyone connected in some way or form, the things we do can haunt foreverReplyDelete
Crimes against humanity will haunt us forever.Delete
I sometimes try to forget my SHAME at being a human. Then I realize that my control of what others do is limited??? TO PRAYER!ReplyDelete
You must remember, you must tell others and knowledge is the best way to touch others and make them realize.Delete
lovely message here. the human connectivity is so powerful.ReplyDelete
The message here is not to forget !Delete
pretty nice blog, following :)ReplyDelete
In light of recent events in Ukraine with Jewish people being given a pamphlet telling them that they must register...I shudder...and I pray that the horrors of anti Semitism might truly, one day, come to an end.ReplyDelete
Unfortunately I think anti Semitism will never go away.Delete
Beautiful tribute, Ayala. May we never forget.ReplyDelete
Almost 70 years ago, & yet fresh in our thoughts as Ukrainian Jews are under the guns again. Evil festers in all languages, but the Nazis hold the record for the most blatant of atrocities. Thanks to Hitler, history continuesReplyDelete
to touch us all.
Sad and horrifying.Delete
Strong, heartfelt piece. I hope that we never forget, but I'm afraid that evil thing will just take a new face, a new form, but same agenda.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Linda.Delete
Hugs,Ayala! Resonates in my heart...ReplyDelete
Thank you kindly.Delete
connected by humanity.... yes... we are... and def. never again... just read the book thief which plays during WW II - and it's just heart-wrenching what happened during that timeReplyDelete
I need to read it ...Delete
For me, what's happening now is so scary. I've grown up surrounded by and caring for Holocaust survivors as my dad was in the clothing business and my uncle was Jewish. And here in the desert so many of our friends can claim, like you, to have lost loved ones. One of the things that struck me when I studied the mystical (not magical) Kabbalah was that in the Holocaust such a huge percentage of Hasidic Jews and other religious Jews were decimated. The entire experience makes me ache.You express it so well, Ayala.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Victoria. It makes me ache as well. So many lives..it's hard to comprehend.Delete
Ayala (a lovely name Hebrew name), a brilliant and moving poem about history - and now. Spiritually versus religion - yes, I hear you. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.ReplyDelete
Thank you :) Important to talk about it and spread the message so we all remember.Delete
Well said and meant. There's nothing frivolous or funny here. This is the goods and it's real!ReplyDelete
Yes. May we continue to remember, to be cognizant and proactive! Well said Ayala.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jen.Delete
A beautiful heartfelt message. Let us never forget and I pray to 'God' that some day we will learn also...ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anna !Delete
Ayala, this was a beautiful poem. I have a few on this very same poignant subject that I have not posted as yet. I am not Jewish but I would have worn the star in protest and solidarity. That the world continually goes insane like that is a nightmarish thought for wht the future holds. Best>KBReplyDelete
I would love to read what you wrote. I hope you share it someday.Delete
Whoops! After the fun aspect of this prompt, suddenly brought to seriousness by your beautiful words. Thank you; we need these reminders.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rosemary.Delete
religion must evolve to spirituality otherwise there's no hope for mankind.....ReplyDelete
a wonderful reminder and heaartfelt words..very touching
Thank you, Sumana.Delete
Hi Ayala--one wishes that there will be a "never again." You express that wish and determination so beautifully, and it is important to reiterate. I get so angry at deniers, and also at people that somehow minimize these events by trivializing them with casual references or comparisons. Anyway, beautiful poem and thanks much. k.ReplyDelete
There is no way these things are trivial or casual...I agree. It makes me sad for humanity when I see the hatred continue...Thank you, Karin.Delete
Heartbreaking but the message is so well stated.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this poem, Ayala.
You are a wonderful poet that shares her heart.
Thank you, Margie.Delete
So beautifully and perfectly expressed, ayala. Oh, it's so hard to comprehend the horrors that humans are capable of surviving...and it's impossible to believe people can be beyond cruel. There should be a word for it...beyond horrific, beyond hateful... But your poem reminds of the ability of the human spirit to overcome...to sustain life even in the face of death. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Kim, it's hard to believe...I agree. And it's hard to believe the human spirit. My dad was a lover of life and sometimes I wonder how he could go on to be the man he was when he suffered so much as a child.Delete
Beautiful, Ayala and an important reminder.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Heidi.Delete
A poem filled with depth..We must never forget such sorrow and pain.
We must never forget....Delete
We must never forget that we are all connected. This poem is a beautiful memorial.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ronald.Delete
The theme "Never again" is one of the most stirring commitments ever. It explains so much, both for the retrospective as well as forward looking. One needn't share the religion to keep the faith. Thanks for this reminder.
Thank you, Steve. Today is the actual Remembrance Holocaust Day and it is our commitment to never forget..so crimes such as these never happen again.Delete
Never again is a mantra, equivalent to the War to End all Wars. When will we make it come true?ReplyDelete
Forgetting should not be possible.. but alas things are happening in the world today..the world seems to indulge in nationalism and xenophobia... almost forgotten is what's happening in south Sudan... it seems that we are giving to the forgetfullness of propaganda-ReplyDelete
such a sad time of history... it's easy to forget there were people behind the painReplyDelete
Never again, we whisper, we shout.ReplyDelete
This made me cry, and these lines:
"Their stories are mine,
their loss is ours."
touched my heart.
I'm sorry you lost your dad that way. I understand the difference b/t religion and spirituality, too.ReplyDelete
Laurie, my dad survived the holocaust-thankfully. Other members of my family did not. My dad was a child and he survived, my grandparents and aunt as well. My grandfather saved other family members as well.Delete
What a strong, heartfelt poem. I hope the world never forgets.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Beth.Delete
A somber topic but necessary to keep reminding the world so we don't repeat our mistakes.
Yes, somber and necessary!Delete
beautifully done, Ayala! lest we forget....~jackie~ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jackie.Delete
What a sobering but beautiful memorial. I too say "Never again."ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ginny.Delete
A great story how it transcends through generations, very well done - heartfelt poetry.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Abhra.Delete
Beautifully heartfelt piece of writing, Ayala. So, sad to think of those who perished.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pamela. xoDelete
May perpetual light shine upon him, all of them forever. Amen.ReplyDelete
You are aflame with his spark, dear cousin. Shalom
Thank you my dear.Delete
Never (NEVER!) again. Amen.ReplyDelete
A somber episode not to be repeated! Nicely ayala!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Hank.Delete
Never again. This is a wonderful poem. My favorite line:ReplyDelete
" I'll wear the yellow
star on my heart for them. "
Thank you for your kindness in checking in on me while I was on break from my blog. Your tender heart is so appreciated.
Thank you dear Leslie. I hope you are feeling better. xoDelete
Heartfelt. It touched me. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Greetings from London.
Thank you so much!Delete