Christina A. Sharik

NEVER AGAIN

This photograph is of an American Civil War POW!
This photograph is of an American Civil War POW!
Auschwitz?
Bergen-Belsen?
Birkenau?
Looks sadly familiar, somehow.

No.
Not in any one
horrendous place.

This atrocity
took place here.
His enemy
wore his brother’s face.

Casting blame is
easy when we forget

that “we” are not
innocent in the
scheme of life,

and yet

the phrase
“Never again”
comes to mind.

We must never
bury our history –

We cannot
ever leave our
humanity behind.