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by Peter Humphreys

Adolf’s gone
Joe’s dead
thank God
who’s in charge now?

good riddance
to
those two anyway
they say

sitting
on a park bench
sharing bread
sharing stories

one slim and busy
the other fuller
and more
worrier

the grass beside them
is long
the bench in need
of paint

along the path
a girl
cycles
easy and slow

dogs are
walked
couples
couple

birds sing
bees buzz
flowers
flourish

it is Maytime
in Vilnius

we can only guess
what it was like
in 1941

Those old ladies know

05/27/2006

Author's Note: It has been estimated that of the 265,000 Jews living in Lithuania in June 1941, 254,000 or 95% were murdered during the German occupation. No other Jewish community in Nazi-occupied Europe was so comprehensively destroyed. Most were slaughtered in 1941

Posted on 05/27/2006
Copyright © 2021 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Christel Crews on 05/31/06 at 05:52 AM

the serene scene is laid before us and we all bow our heads in the thoughts of what passed during that tragic time.. a beautiful write, well done!

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