Poem in Visual Verse


My poem in response to this photo is published in Visual Verse today. You can read my poem here and you can read all the poems published so far here.

On the day that Oradour-sur-Glane is back in the news again, the thoughts I had seem timely.

You can read here about why the entire village of Oradour is a memorial to the Nazi barbarity, and why the defacing of the memorial plaques with pro-Fascist inscriptions makes me feel so sick.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

17 thoughts on “Poem in Visual Verse”

  1. Congratulations, Jane. Certainly a timely, sober, thoughtful poem.
    I know of Oradour-sur-Glane, but I hadn’t heard about the defacing of the memorial. That is so horrible, but not at all surprising–unfortunately. The man mentioned in the article, the grandson of the US soldier, is on Twitter, and he publishes mainly on Holocaust and denouncing anti-semitism.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I’m getting more and more irritated by people complaining about the ‘privations’ they’re suffering because of the Covid. And it’s not the people who have lost their jobs because of the economic slow down either.
      There are always these nasty things happening. It’s not just here, it’s all over Europe. It only takes one bitter little person with a can of spray paint, but at least it’s always denounced immediately. For the moment. There’s always someone to say, yes but what about Palestine? As if that excuses it.

      1. Yes, I know what you mean. It’s here, too, and the Coward in Chief, as Tammy Duckworth named him is just making everything worse. But I think vandalism in a place such as what you describe hits harder because of the history–and fears of what could happen because of what did happen.

      2. It has to be denounced firmly and the perpetrators caught and punished quickly. The actual SS murderers all went unpunished for one reason or another, because we put political reasons above human ones, but if we start down the road of ‘well, they have a point’ we’re heading for a repetition of the darkest moments of history.

    1. I bet you’re not bellyaching about not being able to go to that big wedding/tropical holiday/spend the day in the commercial centre/football stadium/go clubbing etc etc.

      Thank you! It’s true, it is long for me. Might well be the longest ever. Rants do tend to run over.

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