Out of Ashes

Out of Ashes

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

do not go to Lidice
unless your heart is strong
else it will break in pieces

for standing taller than in life
varying in size, build and height
eighty two children cast in bronze

a monument to defy what took place
a village emptied in its entirety 
razed to the ground in reprisal

should you dare look further
into those haunted innocent faces 
you will see, confusion, misery

no teddy bear comfort there
little hands clutch elder siblings
in bewildered despair

do not go to Lidice
unless your heart is strong
do not go there

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Had to look up the name and came across a page with such impact for its brevity, just like you have done here.
It said they tried to wipe it out of existence and failed, asit has been fully restored as a memorial and that many places across the globe now share its name in a show of unity.
A beautiful gesture that defies the hatred once visited upon them.
I think I'll give it a miss Chris, but beautifully penned.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Many thank yous Lorry. Pleased you looked it up and know the full story of what took place there. It.. read more



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Reinhard "The Hangman" Heydrich was also known as "The Butcher of Prague." When the Czech resistance assassinated him in May of 1942,in that city, the Nazis carried out a massacre at Lidice, a nearby village, in reprisal. As the poem notes, they also razed the place. This work really communicates the effect that visiting the site can have. Though he died in pain, Heydrich was lucky in one sense, for he surely would have been hanged at Nuremberg.

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Hi Christine, Thanks for the geography and history lesson. You very convincingly taught me not to go to Lidice. Trust me. I am not going to Lidice. Very nice poem. Nicely crafted. I have never owned a teddy bear but I get the picture. I'm sure there is more comfort to be found in a stuffed animal toy than in a war. Have a wonderful day. Earl

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

Many thanks for your visit and review Earl. Most appreciated. Sending my best wishes to you.
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i wasn't aware of the fullness of the Lidice story, i knew of heidrich being killed & some reprisals but not the full extent. how horrible ! thanks for making me aware.

yet no matter how horrible the event, human beings continue to succumb to their evil emotions & do hatred killings, be it during war or in civilian cities in all countries around the world.

countries are good at erecting memorials, but not good at learning lessons from it as it continues to happen over the centuries.

it starts off with bullying, a hateful personal character flaw.... in school, facebook, at work, etc.

it's almost like we need to have permanent & compulsory anger management classes in all schools for all kids, & for all adults via community associations & in the workplace around the whole world.
my opinion, for what it's worth.
cheerio carola

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

You are so right carola, we do not learn the lessons. This is a very sad piece of history. Thank you.. read more
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LJ
Such strong imagery! I think you show this subject well, and make our hearts quail while reading it. Your description, simple and elegant, paints a picture I won't soon forget. This is poetry that really opens hearts and tests their strength. It's very good and I'm glad you shared it. If there was one thing I'd change, it's just to add a hyphen between "eighty" and "two" so the number is clear. It's up to you, of course. I see nothing else I'd change. Your work here is powerful and dynamic. Thanks for this poem!

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review LJ. I appreciate your visit. All good wishes.

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I am sure I would not want to go there. I know the story of Lidice....all the men were killed and all the children sent away. The entire village fell victim to the Third Reich. A dark spot in the history of the world for sure. Your words are powerful, Chris. Lydi*

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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Days Ago

Thank you Lydi*. Yes the children were sent to concentration camps and were killed there. Many of th.. read more
I have not look up the name yet but I already have a taste of what is it about. The description wore a sinister yet touching tone that is easy for us to grasp. Nice writing.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Lovely poet for your response. I appreciate your thoughts.

Chris
The world has seen endless massacre such as this. And each time we see or hear about them, we are haunted with insecurity. Human life has become inexpensive. They are only remembered in memorials.
You never fail to evoke emotions. I love to read your works.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear Ayesha, thank you for your thoughts and kindness. You are appreciated.

Chris
Chris, this is beautifully penned, so haunting.


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Tragic situation Ana. We need to remember how awful our species can be. Thank you.

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I guess raping women, slaughtering them and children absolutely makes some feel so dominant...
Really proves manhood...for sure...
and the concentration camps...no conscience...all who partook, should have been murdered in the same fashion...
smoked in the same ovens they used.
powerful write, Chris.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Jacob. Hard to believe what our species is capable of. Important though we don:t forget.read more
Lidice really was/is a true horror story of extreme fascism that not enough people know about. Even more so, a story not enough people would ever want to know about, which you illustrate very skillfully here.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Many thanks for your review. I appreciate your thoughts.

Chris.

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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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