Poem: "First they came for the Christians"

Godward

Robin
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First they came for the Christians.

I started reading the Bible.

Then they came for our families.

I embraced wife and children.

Then they came for our traditions.

I threw anchors in my wells.

Then they came for the men.

I chose heavier weights.

Then they came for the Whites.

I saw people behind colours.

Then they came for the books.

I started writing one.

Then they came for the stubborn and the headstrong.

They became my friends.

And when they finally came for me

and thought I was weak,

I was stronger than ever.


-- Jan Bennink (Dutch poet, writer and pundit)

[translated from Dutch]
 

Jeff

Chicken
Poem: “The Anthem of Man”

In the beginning was man,
And man was with god, and man was god.

And the spirit of man was hovering
Over the sands of Los Alamos.

Then man said, “Let there be Light”
And there was Hiroshima.

And man saw the light, that it was good,
And he divided the light from the darkness.

And man called the light “Progress”
And the darkness he called “Victory.”

Then man said, “Let there be Life”
And there was none.
 

Dusty

Peacock
Gold Member
FIRST THEY CAME By Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

….end of story
 

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Kingfisher
Gold Member
First they came for the pedophiles, and I did not speak out because I was not a pedophile.

Next they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.

Then with the pedophiles and socialists gone most of society's problems were solved, so they stopped coming for people and we all lived happily ever after.
 

Godward

Robin
There are actually several reasons why I shared this poem. As some of you already noticed, it is Bennink's Rightist answer to Niemöller's Leftist poem (which has been cited by the Left so often that it has become annoyingly clicheic). The other reason is that is demonstrates Christian defiance to the World, because in the face of evil, we should not take a step backward, but a step forward. It is of vital importance that we fight the degeneracy of our clownish culture with cultural and spiritual regeneracy. In other words: by building, writing, composing, creating etcetera. The result of that process will enliven our Faith and strenghten our resistance to the World.
 
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