War and History Poetry posted December 1, 2014

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A violinist loves his fellow inmates.

Greater Love hath no Man.

by Aussie

With the violin beneath his chin
Inmates watched with hollowed eyes
Nazi soldiers shuffled with sin
He drew the bow - music never dies.

Could he not love them more?
Nazi blew smoke in his Jewish face
Undaunted, his music began to soar
Music lifted - love gifted pace.

Dachau seemed forgotten from above
Men and women - Jews, and others died
Amongst the filth - a spark of love
Yandi and orchestra - changed the tide.

The Nazis listened to Wagner played
Sometimes he was punished, spat upon
His make-shift orchestra, less afraid
Love of music - Nazi listened long.

His love of violin sounded each day
Until they broke his fingers
One... by... one - each day
Conducting instead - teaching singers.

His love of fellow-man never waivered
His faith grew strong - body weak
Every concert was savoured
Weaker by the day, death did seek.

His last words to his fellow-men
"When we are weak, then we are strong."
They gathered around - all ten
His love had saved his orchestra throng.

Love Poem Poetry Contest contest entry


Ten Jews saved from certain death - because one man played the violin. Contest entry for a Love Poem. John 15: 13. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
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