La Nuit*

 

From Auschwitz night was born a spark

that grew into dawn and a bright day.

It’s a Light to grow seeds in wasteland

where deep rooted fear sends forth

fronds of holocaust dreams. This forever light

is not put out even at the touch of death.**

*A memoir by the Elie Wiesel; the other two parts of the memoir are Dawn and Day.

**Remembering Eliezer (Elie) Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor, who dies at 87 on Saturday, 2nd July,2016.

Posted for Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

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40 thoughts on “La Nuit*

  1. Being a child then teen surviving those wars years is almost incomprehensible to us today. Yet we learn nothing and still play those games forgetting the lessons we’ve been taught. This is a wonderful tribute to him.

  2. Thank you, thank you. For a poem that lifts his light as he lifted it. I think that last verb (was) might easily be “is.” Exquisite. I love how you put ‘night’ in there. His words are alive in me too.

  3. Thank you for this marvelous tribute to Elie Wiesel. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his death. He lives on in the words he left behind.

  4. This is a wonderful tribute to a greatly influential man. We need to remember the giants of the 20 Century, and allow them to inspire us in our times of dire need.

  5. Lovely tribute to an incredible man. His book, Night, should be (in my opinion) required reading for everyone. It is so life-changing and eye-opening!

Thank You :)

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