Shawn L. Bird

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poem-offering March 23, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:33 am
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In Latin

holocaustum

means ‘burnt offering.’

In World War 2

the Nazis offered

six million souls

to what god?

What appeasement

did they think

they were buying

at such a cost?

There can be no

atonement with

an artificial

sacrifice.

 

 

Night quote December 15, 2012

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:33 pm
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There is so much to be done, there is so much that can be done. One person — a Raoul Wallenberg, an Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, Jr. — one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death. As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our life will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.

(Elie Wiesel in Night p. 120)

 

 
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