........Ism Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

........Ism

Rating: 3.2


He pulled the trigger
on that noisy morning
in the Bunker of Berlin.
The pages of Mein Kampf,
just briefly soaked
were used to start
the fire that would mark
the end of an epoch
that had, astonishingly, given
birth to itself in 1928.
When a fanatic says a word
of hatred or of utter bigotry,
one must believe, as if it were HIS word
or be forever in the net of rank complicity.
So, he is dead and gone
but something ugly thrives,
it is called Hitlerism.
And it has spread to reach
all corners of a peace-less globe.
It dresses in the clothes of any emperor
and wears the mask of true benevolence.
Perhaps the answer is to close one's eyes
and listen to the music of oblivion.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM

It's so disturbing that people still purport to follow the evilness of Hitler. There is history in your words and we would do best to remember our past.

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Mandara Pookal 28 July 2008

Cool ending to a violent beginning. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your write. mp

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Rene Bennett 21 July 2005

Very deep words of yesterdays past. A horrible one at that. I am looking forward to reading more of your work. Rene'

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Rene Bennett 21 July 2005

Very deep words of yesterdays past. A horrible one at that. I am looking forward to reading more of your work. Rene'

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Lynette Dias-Gouveia 26 January 2006

I have to say Herbert you excel in the field of literature!

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Ruby Honeytip 29 October 2012

A brave and insightful narrative. My poetry is all beating hearts and silliness. Whilst that is true....I am capable of appreciating the depth of your work: ^) Thank you!

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Rekha Mandagere 22 June 2011

What a threat to humanity, even though the epoch has gone its impact is still prevailing. Thanks for awakening us with your educative poem. Marks 10

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Obinna Eruchie 25 May 2009

there is something about........ism hidden behind the meaning of words that bear it. brilliant work.

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Naseer Ahmed Nasir 07 March 2009

Very true, Herbert........ism has spread everywhere, on all parts of the world. In different dresses, wearing different masks, having different names. Last two lines have consoling effect. Regards Naseer

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Tanya Stanford 31 August 2008

Lets just hope people remember him for his bad and learn from it. Brilliant piece of poetry

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