Bharati Nayak


Holocaust - Poem by Bharati Nayak

After some days- - -
The dust blown by
The tornado will settle
Flood water will go back to the stream
Black clouds will fly away

But- - - - -
The charred images of
beautiful flowers
Half brunt stump of
A fruit giving tree
Will take time to heal.

Because seeds of distrust
Spread so swift
They grow so rapidly
Like holocaust
Attacking the green fields
They take away greens
Leave us with no harvest
No flowers and no fruits.

Topic(s) of this poem: trust


Comments about Holocaust by Bharati Nayak

  • Bharati Nayak (7/30/2018 10:24:00 PM)

    Our aim should be to remove hatred and sow the seeds of love between people and people and it should start from a very young age. A child's mind is very impressionable. The school curriculum and text books should be so designed as to instill love and respect for all people. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (7/30/2018 10:16:00 PM)

    Thanks to Bri Edwards and all great poets here who have given their thoughtful comments on this poem'Holocaust'.It is a very sensitive topic and the very mention of the word invokes images of such unparalleled cruelty that humans can cause to other humans.I sometimes wonder how a single person'Hitler' could brainwash a whole race into committing such crime against humanity.. (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:49:00 PM)

    (cont.) the mass murder of Jews under the German regime during the period 1941–45. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups, such as gypsies and homosexuals, were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz.
    singular proper noun: Holocaust; noun: the Holocaust (cont.)

    (cont.)
    2.
    historical
    a Jewish sacrificial offering that is burned completely on an altar.

    bri ;)
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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:49:00 PM)

    (cont.)
    synonyms: cataclysm, disaster, catastrophe; destruction, devastation, annihilation;
    massacre, slaughter, mass murder, extermination, extirpation, carnage, butchery;
    genocide, ethnic cleansing, pogrom
    fears of a nuclear holocaust
    (cont.)
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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:48:00 PM)

    (cont.)
    Search Results
    Dictionary
    hol·o·caust
    ˈhäləˌkôst, ˈhōləˌkôst/
    noun
    noun: holocaust; plural noun: holocausts

    1.
    destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.
    a nuclear holocaust (cont.)
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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    (cont.) ..I DO see a connection between holocaust referring to the 'killing' of Jews and others by Hitler's minions.
    But you do not make it clear how you are using the word. it has a more generic meaning also. [see my further comment, to follow] to MyPoemList. (cont.)
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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    (cont.) swiftly, not swift in this case. :)

    i would type:

    the images of
    charred flowers

    and i would use fruit-giving (with hyphen)

    and a stump is what is left when a tree is cut off close to the ground; perhaps trunk would be better, though i HAVE heard of apple trees rejuvenating from stumps. (cont.)
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  • Bri Edwards (7/29/2018 2:31:00 PM)

    oops! brunt** is entirely different (in meaning) from burnt. hee-hee.

    ** brunt
    brənt/
    noun
    noun: brunt

    the worst part or chief impact of a specified thing.
    education will bear the brunt of the cuts
    synonyms: full force, force, impact, shock, burden, pressure, weight; More (cont.)
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  • Siddartha Montik (11/4/2016 2:18:00 AM)

    wonderful Poem! thank you for sharing! liked the phrase seeds of distrust
    Spread so swift!
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  • (11/3/2016 3:18:00 PM)

    The attack may soon pass but the effects can be long lasting. A very fine poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/17/2016 7:57:00 AM)

    The seeds of distrust spread so fast! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • K. V. Venkataramana (10/15/2016 6:04:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading your wonderful poem. Images dealt with are vivid and touch the heart of readers. Congrats! 10/10. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (10/13/2016 3:45:00 PM)

    Bharati, your gentleness in choosing images from nature trebled the impact of the violent word holocaust. Your poetic touch is sure and your ability to stir thoughtful reflection and emotions is unsurpassed. 10++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/13/2016 6:32:00 AM)

    Insightful presentation with appropriate title like holocaust. Wisely shared. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Spock The Vegan (10/12/2016 10:18:00 PM)

    Well done. This reminds me of the political debates. I wrote a historical poem about the Ireland holocaust. (Report)Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (10/11/2016 2:02:00 AM)

    The word HOLOCAUST is one of the big words of the modern age and your poem wisely approaches it indirectly through nature images rather than specific historical events. But we know immediately the larger references from your tone. There is no anger or accusation in your poem. I sense instead a deep sorrow that human beings could be so cruel to each other, and an even deeper hope that that these wounds will be healed. The closing images are a warning of the harm we can do to living things but I further sense in your poem we can still save this beauty. Your poem is dedicated to this noble cause. It is filled with that noble spirit which will save us and our world. (Report)Reply

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  • Randhir Kaur (10/8/2016 3:57:00 AM)

    Beautifully explained the world with the image of nature....
    Amazing one...the best definition example like this is worth Mam...
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  • (10/5/2016 12:13:00 PM)

    Tornado is to India, as typhoon is to the Philippines.
    One can only feel the pain of davastation, liken to a
    holocaust, if one experienced this calamity.
    Truly a great write..rated 10+
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  • Akhtar Jawad (10/5/2016 9:32:00 AM)

    A great poem by Bharati Naik, it fits to so many painful pages of history. (Report)Reply

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  • Kishore Kumar Das (10/4/2016 6:09:00 AM)

    The holocaust leaving behind a trail of devastation....distrust generates the smoke of apprehension and sorrows...your attempt to strike a simile is commendable.. (Report)Reply

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