Dachau, Which Is So Even in June: A Reflection on Sorrow and th

By Godot

Dachau, Which Is So Even in June: A Reflection on Sorrow and the Arts

Now when it rains in Dachau, well that's how things ought to be
And I've seen rain in Dachau falling on the bourgeoisie
And their pretty progeny kicking puddles in the grit
Near plaques inscribed "Nie Wieder" (but I'm not believing it)

They built a crematorium of mortar, brick, and wood
The trees that stand beside it grow much greener than they should
They tend a tiny garden to remind that life goes on
Where vibrant flowers blossom in a verdant, well kept lawn

But if a painter came here he would paint it all in grays
Dutifully to represent how much his conscience weighs
And furthermore I speculate what kinds of notes one writes
When composing a concerto which tells of Dachau's nights

I find my inclinations leaning generally towards
Dirges penned in three two time, diminished fifths and minor chords
With snare drums backing cellos and a lone contrabassoon
To suit the tone of Dachau, which is so even in June.

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Published on Sunday, November 17, 2002.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • midnights voice On Monday, June 26, 2017, midnights voice (1071)By person wrote:

    Hauntingly beautiful . As death can be .

  • purr_verse On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, purr_verse (1038)By person wrote:

    Damn right this should be poem of the day. All the accolades to you, sir; you're the best rhyme/meter writer I've read on this site...and plenty of other places too, no doubt.

  • darkness falls On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, darkness falls (86)By person wrote:

    My God. This is one of the best works I've ever read. I'm an amatuer WWII historian, particularly the Holocaust...this so fits my minds picture of Dachau that it actually almost scared me...

  • WarTorn On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, WarTorn (41)By person wrote:

    loved the line about the trees...brilliantly dark yet uplifting

  • heterodynemind On Saturday, December 17, 2011, heterodynemind (12)By person wrote:

    Wow! Have rarely encountered such a wondrous poem and the lines are so perfectly harmonious it brings your points home that much better (sort of like a hammer chipping at the psyche, to remind us how normal the most horrendous, haunted places of civilization can seem. Absolutely stunning. My hat's off to you.

  • lupus tenebrae On Friday, April 23, 2010, lupus tenebrae (1029)By person wrote:

    That was one of the most incredible holocaust poems I ever read, too perfect. It captures the dark, sinister, yet somewhat awe-inspiring nature of it. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Fuck the Holocaust Industry. It's a book look it up. Forget the author's name. But he's a jew and his mom was in Dachau. his dad in Auschwitz. Bunch of american jews capitalized on the execution of 5.2, yes 6 is overblown, jews who died of which only 125,000 survived the actual holocaust, meaning those in the holocaust of those approximate 125,000 only about 80,000 made it out alive within a month. Refer to The extermination of european jewry. I forget the author. But his was the first primary investigation into the scale and such and such of the holocaust circa approx. 1963. Yes. No one talked about it untill about the eighties where it became tow the rope or you're an anti-semite. Y? Litte thing called yom Kippur. Big war. Israel needed justification for being war criminals. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: p.s. there is no talk about the Roma who had 2/3 their population exterminated. Nor the almost millions of soviet POW's who were starved to death instead of mercifully shot like some jews were. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Your words were thought out so well, and ever so vivid. This is an impressive poem. ....-samone Scholar

  • Dancing_Monkey On Saturday, May 1, 2004, Dancing_Monkey (1288)By person wrote:

    aha.. *points at the gray strokes*

  • A former member wrote: I love this! The descriptions are haunting, and the instrument descriptions-scrumptious!

  • diavolessa On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, diavolessa (225)By person wrote:

    i have been there, on a "tourist" visit! I remember crying for a few days. The poem brings back the memory...

  • KittyStryker On Saturday, March 22, 2003, KittyStryker (736)By person wrote:

    I like it, it's threatening and disturbing. Yummy poem...

  • Jonas On Monday, March 17, 2003, Jonas (768)By person wrote:

    an excellent work, stark and naked you've left this place. the poem is in all grays... but you've dyed the leaves of the trees a vibrant, but menacing green.

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