Monday, November 23, 2015

may history not repeat itself here

the Devil in the heart

many of us obsess about World War II:
intrigued, captivated by how a modern country
could lose its mind and follow the devil in its heart,

in retrospect the story is so optimistic:
good overcomes evil, and we wake from nightmare,

and yet, somehow, now in the United States,
history is repeating, 
as those who are different are blamed and scapegoated,
the Muslim becomes he who should be 
feared, labelled, stigmatized,
subject to the full force of our nightmare,

we in the U.S. like to think ourselves enlightened,
and yet the dark within us
is brother to what twisted the Germans 
away into being lost.

by Henry H. Walker
November 22, ‘15

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