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Introduction to the Poem “Holocaust” By Bettina Spivakovsky

This poem is in the style of a Villanelle.  It is Spivakovsky’s adaptation of the style.  It has a more modern framework.

(Spivakovsky writes “Having family that were forced to leave their countries of birth due to being Jewish and being from a people that throughout history have continued to suffer persecution, I chose this form of poetry to show the continuing pattern.)

The poem asks us to remember what happens when people lose their conscience and forget their humanity.

HOLOCAUST

VERSE 1

Happiness and future has been lost

When souls are taken away

Collected without measure of humanities’ cost

VERSE 2

To forgive but not forget is heavier than the cross

Heaven and earth, Star of David display

Happiness future now lost

VERSE 3

Lambs to slaughter, they piled on trains at a cost

And lives once precious know the darkness of day

Collected without measure of humanity lost

VERSE 4

Arbeit macht frei, so not all hope was lost

The chimney alight on ovens spewed grey

Collected without measure of humanities’ loss

VERSE 5

And from the ashes of Holocaust

Punish the evil to trace back the way

Happiness and future has been lost

But know without measure humanity’s cost.

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About the Writer

Bettina Spivakovsky

Bettina Spivakovsky has a B.Music Dip.Ed (Melb. Univ.) and a Post-Graduate Degree in Film and Television from Swinburne University.  She also studied writing. She has worked extensively in the electronic media including as a presenter/performer. She is the owner and creator of Upfront Entertainment and Upfront Events.  She is a music composer, writer, lyricist and producer of commissioned works. Originally Spivakovsky was a concert pianist.

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