Theme: Hope

The Pope Visits Auschwitz

Being German by birth,
conscripted a boy in the Hitler Youth,
it would serve to reconcile
the German people,
taking it there, to Auschwitz,
in his person,
in his primacy.

A dazzling white cassock,
the stiff shouldered pope walked
like Germany itself
to the altar, high solemnity
as of a Latin Mass,
the Holocaust to sacrifice
in a bloodless act.

This manifestation of
the Lamb of God
taking away the sins of Germany:
now free of that terrible cast
Christ's death on the Jews
had burdened them
for centuries.

The site at Auschwitz
preserved for posterity
as a reminder
of what must never happen again,
in the pope a sign,
even though it happened
there was still left a hope for mankind.


More By  :  R. D. Ashby

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