(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

First They Came For The Jews

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

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Comments (6)

Perhaps another! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
A forceful argument against Capitalism with tongue firmly in the cheek.
Such a well written poem by Franklin Pierce Adams.........................
A sad reality write that just might if the penny drops get workers to unite? To end world poverty! .........well penned.
So deep and thoughtful writing on life and its duty /// great poem
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