Then they came for me

 

If you feed

a totalitarian system

 

It will grow

bigger and bigger

 

Until it eats you

one day

 

~/~

 

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

 

 

Inspired by Pastor Martin Niemöller

 

First 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.

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

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patriciajj's picture

When I saw the title I knew

When I saw the title I knew exactly what the reference was and knowing your brilliance, I couldn't wait to read your insights into this classic and relevant quote. You didn't disappoint. You hit the target with stunning, scathing truth. 

 

As quotable as the pastors' warning. 

Spinoza's picture

where trouble begins

 

I think the trouble is always complacency. When people say in their hearts, “It can’t happen here” that’s where trouble begins.

S74rw4rd's picture

Your poem set me to thinking

Your poem set me to thinking and, while I try to avoid the mix of poetry and politics, I could not help but comment on the timeliness of your poem.  You raise a very good point about what will happen; but Pastor Niemoller's words were written in response to a right-wing fascism that deemed itself "patriotic," and seems chillingly similar to the thuggery we witnessed on January sixth of this year.

 

 


Starward becoming J-Called

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 Left Wing – Right Wing

 

Left Wing – Right Wing… All The Same Bird.

The game is Divide and Conquer – and that game is run from a higher level.