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Robert W Mullin

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For Those Who Died in Prague

by

Robert W Mullin

.

MEDIEVAL JEWEL BRIGHT, ASTRIDE THE VLTAVA RIVER,
WITH CASTLES AND CHURCH SPIRES REACHING FOR THE STARS,
ITS PROUD PEOPLE IN THE SHADOW OF HISTORY QUIVER,
CONCEALING SUFFERING AND INDELIBLE MENTAL SCARS.

ALONG COBBLED ANCIENT STREETS, PEOPLE LIVE AND LAUGH,
DEMONSTRATING TRIUMPH OVER GREAT ADVERSITY,
AND IN AND QUIET RETICENCE REVEAL THEIR EPITAPH
ETCHED IN BLOOD AND TEARS AND NOBLE SOBRIETY.

LIDICE RAISED TO THE GROUND,
MEN BUTCHERED AND CHILDREN SENT FOR "REPATRIATION"
TO DIE OF STARVATION IN TEREZIN RENOWNED,
AS A CULTURAL CENTRE FOR A NATIONS GLORIFICATION.

FOR HISTORY SHOULD NOT FORGET THIS SAD AFFLICTION,
FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED OPPOSING TWO GREAT "ISMS",
AND LEARN THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT BE BEATEN BY SUBJUGATION,
BUT BECOME LIBERATED BY THEIR SACRIFICIAL HEROISM.

THE FLAME JAN PALACH LIT CAN NEVER BE EXTINGUISHED,
AND IN TEN THOUSAND YEARS WILL BE REMEMBERED STILL,
FOR FREEDOM NOT EASILY RELINQUISHED,
AND A SPIRIT THAT OPPRESSION WILL NEVER KILL.

MAY FUTURE GENERATIONS STOP AND WEEP,
AND IN A CORNER OF MEMORY FOR ALL TIME KEEP,
THIS KNOWLEDGE OF SACRIFICE, NOT GIVEN IN VAIN,
FOR PRAGUE'S PROUD PEOPLE AND THEIR PAIN,

TEREZIN:- 35000 DIED OF STARVATION AND DISEASE
LIDICE:- ALL MEN SHOT WOMEN AND CHILDREN SENT TO CONCENTRATION CAMP