Friday, 10 August 2018

To a Prescient Poet

Heinrich Heine are you listening?
as the sinister sound
of history repeating itself
reverberates around Bloomsbury

Do you see our future?
as our books
the defenders of freedom
and upholders of truth
are attacked and destroyed

Do you weep for us?
as you must have wept
when your own words were burnt in 1933
long after your death

Do you despair?
that we fail to mark
your words of 1822

“that where they burn books
they will in the end
burn human beings too”

© Jo Wright

Jo is retired and lives in Dorset. She has written poems and stories all her life but has only recently felt brave enough to begin sharing them with others.