A History Lesson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   A HISTORY LESSON

from the stark white pages
of the history book
stabs a knobby white finger
an ugly finger
an Aryan finger
your finger
pointing through the ages
accusing my soul
that i share blood with you
so that i want to be purged of it
accusing my soul
that my skin is white
so that i want to squirm out of it
for i wear it like a bloody A upon my chest
Aryan
Auschwitz
annihilation
it condemns my conscience now
that which would have spared me then
yes you would not have touched me
for my cursed snowy skin
but you did not cry
for my Jewish brother
for my gypsy sister
when their ashes fell from the sky like soiled snowflakes
and hung in your stifled mustache like burning icicles
you breathed them in
you carried them down
and now they watch you burn
as they burned for you
and they do not cry

by Andrea W., Eau Claire, WI


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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soccerpsycho49 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm
this is amazing and i dont just mean that to comment and be like "bla bla its amazing." its just theres no other way to describe it other than amazing.
 
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