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A Swastika

March 4, 2019
By Natalie-Goldwasser BRONZE, La Jolla, California
Natalie-Goldwasser BRONZE, La Jolla, California
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It was at school

She asked, she learned,

She saw on her desk

A swastika

She felt the piercing of her heart

She felt she wasn’t wanted

 

It was at a soccer game,

He scored, he smiled,

He saw on a sign

A swastika

His knees buckled

He felt he was hated

 

It was at a party

She blew candles, she danced

She saw on her birthday card

A swastika

Tears fell to the ground

She felt she didn’t belong

 

It was at the grocery store

He grabbed a bag, he moved down the aisle

He saw it on his shopping cart

A swastika

His jaw dropped, his eyes widened

He felt he was alone

 

 

It was at school

She asked, she learned,

She saw on her desk

A heart

She felt the beating of her own heart

She felt she was wanted

 

It was at a soccer game,

He scored, he smiled,

He saw on a sign

A heart

His knees strengthened

He felt he was loved

 

It was at a party

She blew candles, she danced

She saw on her birthday card

A heart

Tears accompanied her wide smile

She felt she belonged

 

It was at the grocery store

He grabbed a bag, he moved down the aisle

He saw it on his shopping cart

A heart

His jaw formed a smile, his eyes shined

He felt he was appreciated


The author's comments:

I am Jewish. There is a lot of anti-semitism happening in the world today. Accoridng to the FBI Jewish hate crimes spiked 37% in 2017. I wrote this piece to bring awernaess to this issue. Anti-semtisim is not a joke. We have to learn to accept each other by what we are. We can choose the mark that we leave when we walk our paths, wether it's a swastika or a heart. 


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Tamyserle said...
on Mar. 14 at 7:57 pm
Tamyserle, San Diego, California
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Beautiful Natalie!

on Mar. 14 at 7:16 pm
Jackiewellman, San Diego, California
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Heartfelt. Beautifully written Natalie


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