Ash-red the burning sky

the cannons of chimneys

spit out souls


Here come you who want to warm

your hands in the hell of fire

partake in crime made legal

beyond all record

of man’s violence


Here come you, abjectly cowed

able to turn a deaf ear

to the cry – the children’s cry

in this low building

where murder is industry


A civilized people

outdo the Genghis Khan

outrank the hordes of Huns

thus seal their doom


Put a white sheet of silence

over the low building

hang a veil over the burning sky

hush the cry of terror


Cut out this unbelievable

from the heart of memory

too much for human eye or ear

too much for human soul to bear


Earth never knew such crime

Free us from a witness’s burden

Such sorrow is God’s to bewail


I saw Him cry.

Sweden, 1956

Gustawa Stendig-Lindberg

Gustawa Stendig-Lindberg (1926 – 2008) was a renowned physician, scientist, pain specialist, expert in rehabilitation & physical medicine, psychiatrist and poet. She was a fellow of the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine, the Irish, British, Israeli & Swedish Medical Associations, the International Symposia on Magnesium, and the Israeli Society for Magnesium Research in Biology and Medicine.


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