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Posted: June 12th. 2005 1:57:36 PM
Letter to Anne Frank
by Lady Isadora
Age Group: Adult
Dear Anne, I thought of you today
It's the twelfth of June, the date when on
Your thirteenth birthday
You began the famous diary
That millions now have read
And I find it hard to think of you as dead.
As I went out walking in the bright sunshine
I was thinking of your years in hiding
In the House Behind
All the things I take for granted
Were like luxuries to you
Pens and paper, books to read
And enough food.
And the ghostly smoke still lingers
Over European skies
In my dreams I smell the burning flesh
And I hear the desperate cries
Are the murderers in uniform
Or sitting smugly in church pews?
And the victims: are they Witches?
Are they Jews?
Dear Anne, what must you have endured?
When I try to count your sacrifice
I cannot find the words
Now the whole world lies before me
I have health and strength and youth
And I've sworn to live for magic
And for Truth.
Dear Anne, you were dark and I am fair
Worlds apart in many ways and yet
So many things we share
Though you wore a yellow star
And I wear a pentacle
In the mind and heart
We're really much the same
And may She who made us both
Thrice bless your name!
Copyright 1990 by Lady Isadora
Author's Notes: These words ended up as song lyrics on my music album *Priestess of the Pentacle*, now being re-released on CD, but started out as a poem. Anne was one of my beloved "patron saints" of writing as a girl, in so far as a Jew can ever be a "saint" to a Witch!
I'll let the poem speak for itself, so will only add that I offer it here in Anne's memory this 12th of June, 2005, on what would have been her 76th birthday-- with much love and admiration for her wise, bright, eternally enduring spirit. Anne died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, one month before its liberation by the Allies.
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Author's Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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