Never Again

 People use fences for different reasons.
To keep something safe within, or

For something far more sinister

As a child we were taught, and shown
barbed wire fences with masses of people
behind them
Eyes sunken, hollow, dead yet, still moving
dressed in striped pajamas
men, women and children
all wearing skin over bones.

I listened as the world said:
‘Never again’
and, totally believed it
until I saw those fences again in Bosnia
men gathered behind them beaten
skin and bones
sunken eyes, ribs all showing
speaking of brutal injustices
to them and to their women

and I cried

because I knew
nothing had changed

and because of man’s inhumanity to man
it will keep happening
again, again and again.


© Daydreamertoo *All rights reserved

*This fence has never left my mind.
Because of being closer to Europe the Bosnian/Serb/Croatian war  1992-95 was given a lot of news coverage on UK TV. When I saw the live footage of this guy in a Bosnian/Serb camp…I cried. Although the Bosnian Serbs denied it was a concentration camp it sure looked like one to me and to everyone else.  I had always believed that after the mass genocide of the second world war it would never be allowed to happen again and yet, there it was.
Yes, I wept for the loss of sanity, compassion and love of fellow man.

Shared with With Real Toads Mary’s Mixed Bag: Fences

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

25 thoughts on “Never Again”

  1. History will forever, it seems, repeat itself in very cruel ways. That is why there will always be hope, as in your last post with the rainbow, to show us there can be beauty in such a harsh world that we live in. I, too, am a realist and you have stated your case well.

  2. Unfortunately, you are right – this will happen over and over again until the people of the world can learn to relate to each other in a different way. A powerful poem!

  3. …walking through the Washington DC Holocaust museum, seeing the fences displayed in photos, movie clips, and recreated before my eyes… this post truly says what I fear is humanity’s lot: we will never learn.

  4. Sherry said it beautifully … this is sobering and forces the reader to dig deep.

  5. the cruelty man puts upon man is heartbreaking – your poem reminds
    me of the verse – jesus wept – your compassion if a beacon, soul dreamer.

  6. It keeps happening. The lust for power seems to kill basic human instinct in some people.
    A powerful write on a powerful subject, Bren.

  7. Nothing much has changed, because I don’t think human tendency has changed. The things we crave for, the way we deal with things, we haven’t much changed.

  8. Powerful words, and images. and you are right. We still fence people in, and out, and it is tragic we who are not fenced cannot free them until after we know they are trapped.

  9. Bren, yes this kind of thing does keep happening. Your poem is very moving. So sad to keep repeating over and over again these acts of inhumanity. These kinds of fences definitely are examples of ‘brutal injustices.’ When will we ever learn?

  10. How horrible. But we need to be reminded of it so those who do care will fight to not let it happen again. Great writing daydreamer.

  11. Burns said it so well, that it has never een bettered.
    Some fences give comfort though, and white picket fences are my all time favourite. Wish we had some.

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