What the War Taught My Mother

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What the War Taught Her   My mother learned that sex is bad, Men are worthless, it is always cold And there is never enough to eat.   She learned that if you are stupid With your hands you will not survive The winter even if you sur...

1939 Siege

 

What the War Taught Her

 

My mother learned that sex is bad,

Men are worthless, it is always cold

And there is never enough to eat.

 

She learned that if you are stupid

With your hands you will not survive

The winter even if you survive the fall.

 

She learned that only the young survive

The camps. The old are left in piles

Like worthless paper, and babies

Are scarce like chickens and bread.

 

She learned that the world is a broken place

Where no birds sing, and even angels

Cannot bear the sorrows God gives them.

 

She learned that you don’t pray

Your enemies will not torment you.

You only pray that they will not kill you.

-- From Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded

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