" I pass this on, and for those of you who haven't seen my poetry collection I include a poem I wrote in 1955, after my visit to Auschwitz."
A poetic response, one among many from around the country, is based on Biblical passages and other religious and philosophical texts.
"Two men converged on Canfield Drive, one man just walking down the middle. My squad car passed him and I stopped; would I make this something big or little?"
"bought the ticket in my hometown, all aboard for the shootin' place, won't see his hands up high, death in his eyes, tears runnin' down his mama's face..."
"Remember those who grew this food, who picked and packed, who shipped and sold..."
"To my fellow workers going it alone, who square off with bosses but just get skinned right down to the bone..."
"Gotta operate to heal, incarcerate the bastille, make it schools to jobs, not the iron heal. Gotta make it real."
"Takes a whole lot more than a black cat bone or a buncha noisy kids or a blogger all alone. Takes strong-headed people all together like stone."
"Brown at the borders are sons and daughters of parents who have escaped violence, wars, weapons, and endless tears..."
"Who would be considered the nicest, after shutting off people's water, causing a crisis?"