Geoffrey Hill
Worcestershire
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September Song

Rating: 3.5
born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42

Undesirable you may have been, untouchable
you were not. Not forgotten
or passed over at the proper time.

As estimated, you died. Things marched,
sufficient, to that end.
Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented
terror, so many routine cries.
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Peter Shrubb 04 March 2019
Perhaps an alternative title could be “A Death Camp Commander Remembers”. The poem can be read as the recollection of a who escaped post war justice having brutalised a child and sent his victim to die in a gas chamber along with thousands of others. He is smug because he got away with it. There are many such people who quietly gloat over evading retribution for their evil deeds.
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Peter Shrubb 03 March 2019
Perhaps an alternative title could be “A Death Camp Commander Remembers”. The poem can be read as the recollections of a who escaped post war justice and who, in the autumn of his life, recalls how he brutalised a child and then sent his victim to die in a gas chamber along with thousands of others. He is smug because he got away with it. There are many such people who quietly gloat on evading retribution for their evil deeds.
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Borret Yarn 11 March 2008
Geoffrey Hill is the most interesting English poet we have. You can enjoy re-reading his work more than any other simply because it is so layered. Please submit more
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