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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Yellow (11/12/09)

TITLE: Magen David
By vincent lyons
11/17/09


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I had seen him walking
By the river off and on;
I wondered what his background might have been;
Then we got to talking
And it wasn’t very long
‘Till he broke my heart recounting all he’d seen.

He wears a small carnation
On his lapel every day—
That little yellow flower hides his pain—
A simple dedication
To those loved ones gone away—
He wears with pride until they meet again.

He lost his cherished bride
To the Nazi war machine—
They parted at the camp and she was gone;
His family had died
In a horror so obscene—
God alone can avenge this awful wrong!

Magen David marked each Jew
A non-person set apart—
Yellow badge which consigned them to be killed;
In a world gone all askew
Void of sympathy or heart—
Why were six million Jewish voices stilled?

So he wears this yellow now
A memorial of pride,
To family, to kinsmen and to wife;
He has made a lifetime vow
She’ll forever be his bride,
He’ll be wearing this carnation all his life.


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Margaret Kearley 11/19/09
Heartbreaking. What a wonderful amazing poem.
Ruth Brown 11/19/09
We feel along with the gentleman. That takes talent. Thank You!
Linda Wright11/21/09
This is lovely and tragic all at once. Wonderful rhyming pattern! Well done.