Poets for Peace Collaborative Poem – A Call to Action – “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS…”

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Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

*United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Introduction to the Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392. Accessed on August 12, 2016.

What will you tell future generations when they ask where you stood when it came to Peace?

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31 thoughts on “Poets for Peace Collaborative Poem – A Call to Action – “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS…”

      1. I agree, Kim is great!

        Here is my poem:

        Peace is inside of me
        I need it to be!

        Washed are the shores
        where the armies
        have been.

        Freedom as an
        expression from my
        highest Self

        finds me breathing,

        and sharing that breath.

        Because I AM alive!
        A force of nature
        with energy for
        listening, sharing

        holding you,
        you, holding me.

        Ka Malana ©2016

      2. We’re looking into a tie in with International Peace Day (Sept 21) & Praxis seemed open to the possibility of making it an annual event. Stay posted. Thanks for helping make it happen with your contribution.

      1. Please no worries about that visit.. Keep working on that magical poetry book Ka.. and sending lots of love your way as you put it all together.. Something I have been pondering on for some time.. as I have hundreds of poems I could choose from And its an idea I had to pass on to my Granddaughter.. xx ❤

      2. Hi Sue,
        I’ll be around anyways. You know it. I do. Thank you for the love, yes, it’s not the easiest thing I’ve done. This book I write for me, because I am good enough; and I finally believe it. Not to say that this isn’t very difficult for me. Yes, Sue, you have many poems to choose from. Inspiration has come to you very much in your life. How wonderfully blessed. What a wonderful idea for a gift for your grand daughter. My book will be available on Amazon for purchase. Wishing you a gorgeous day, in all ways…
        Love, Ka

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