Learning To Read This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   Learning to Read Schindler's List

he had one arm
but he was important:
"an integral part of the work force,"
like me when i was little, and i knew
the whole book, but couldn't read.
the words were always different;
the story never changed
and people chuckled; it was cute. i would learn.
they laughed at him because he knew the motions
only.
he would never learn,

and he thanked Schindler.
i cried
for his hunched mass of gratitude,
the good worker
who wasn't able to do a thing.

his eyes told me a story
i didn't have to read,
a story even he didn't know
and i cried because he couldn't do a thing.

and then the Gestapo came
and he told them
he was important:
"an integral part of the work force,"
and they laughed
and he cried for help,
and a yellow star stained with blood
was the only story left for me to know -
the same words,
never changing,
and my parents are proud
because now
i can read.

by B. S., New City, NY


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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