After Auschwitz

Anger,
as black as a hook,
overtakes me.
Each day,
each Nazi
took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby
and sauteed him for breakfast
in his frying pan.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and picks at the dirt under his fingernail.

Man is evil,
I say aloud.
Man is a flower
that should be burnt,
I say aloud.
Man
is a bird full of mud,
I say aloud.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and scratches his anus.

Man with his small pink toes,
with his miraculous fingers
is not a temple
but an outhouse,
I say aloud.
Let man never again raise his teacup.
Let man never again write a book.
Let man never again put on his shoe.
Let man never again raise his eyes,
on a soft July night.
Never. Never. Never. Never. Never.
I say those things aloud.

I beg the Lord not to hear.

by Anne Sexton

Comments (18)

Honest, powerful and worthwhile words. Outstanding poetry.
'I beg the Lord not to hear. ' - so much in that one line. I always loved this. Xx NDS
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Death scratching its, LOL.
This one hits hard for me as it causes us to reflect on the state of man and whether or not his impact is good, if there is an impact to even make in the first place.
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