Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Shame - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

There is a war we had to wage
we do it well on open stage.
The weapons no one can defy
our reasons based on one big lie.

There is concern and consternation
at home, where mothers hide their tears
though we can offer consolation
soon we will put away our fears.
Democracy, we shall defend
the last man falls, the war will end.
Each bullet has engraved the same
it simply says, in English, SHAME.

Comments about Shame by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (1/15/2006 9:52:00 AM)

    a brave commentary
    on the way the world
    distorts truth
    and torments young brave souls
    too soon gone
    while the big shots
    drink wine and smoke
    expensive cigars
    a fine poem
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  • (1/15/2006 8:41:00 AM)

    What a powerful poem Herbert. I like that it's a little shorter than most poems about the war.....it's so easy to go on and on listing the wrongs. You've said it all with just a few very powerful words. Excellent poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 15, 2006

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