Now and Then and When

Now and Then and When

A Poem by Andrea Greene

I'm not worthy. Warning, this does revolve around the Holocaust so if you'd rather not then don't.

6 million people
Take everything you know about yourself
Your fears, your dreams, the people you love, the things you never said, your favorite things,
Take that vastness and multiply it
By incomprehensible amounts
This loss is not just a statistic.
It is the people who lived the rest of their lives without the people who brought light to them
The people who had to live never knowing or knowing all too well the people they lost
It is not just the sacrifice
But the heartbreak and struggle in its wake
If you know loss
If you've lost even one person close to you
It's that sort of soul-crushing cannot-speak cannot-breathe 
Blank-look or racked with sobs
Then imagine whole communities
It is not just the people who lost their lives that is tragic
It is the people who lost not their lives but everything
They remain still haunted
Imagine losing your mother.
And your father. 
And your sibling.
And your best friend.
And your girlfriend, boyfriend, significant other.
And the people you wish you'd gotten to know-
They're all dead.
All of them gone, never remembered in person,
And these people had to pick up these shattered pieces of their lives and go on
Some people didn't.
Some people couldn't go on after losing one person in 6 million.
I don't think I could.
It is the collective tragedy
And the losses generations back
And the love lost
And the one person and the many, many, many,  many people
And to think the same kind of hatred still occurs to this day
I'm not mad
I'm not scared
I'm not saddened anymore
I'm just empty.

© 2018 Andrea Greene

Author's Note

Andrea Greene
this is AbsoFuckingLlutelyTterribleOhMyGod

My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register


OMG. This is such a good poem. I relate to this on another level. Thank you for putting into words something I never could

Posted 5 Years Ago

Oh my goodness, what stirrings this sadly poignant write has upon reading. The definition of ethnic cleansing is; the systematic forced removal of ethnic or racial groups from a given territory by a more powerful ethnic group, often with the intent of making it ethnically homogeneous. We can reflect on the horrors of the past, but we must also remind ourselves this is also happening today – and – it is still inexcusable for Free World countries to allow it to go on! Very interesting and important share … :-)

Posted 5 Years Ago

Andrea Greene

5 Years Ago

Thank you ever so much Mr. O'fee. I really felt it necessary. And yes, what a horrendous thing that .. read more

Share This
Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


2 Reviews
Shelved in 1 Library
Added on June 4, 2018
Last Updated on June 4, 2018
Tags: hatred, fear, love, hope, dreams, terror, horror


Andrea Greene
Andrea Greene


Love is blind. I still fall for it every time, though, so it's certainly got sosething over me. more..