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Hill 60

poppies blood
on the green grass
on the hills of mud
away they pass...
© by Jan Theuninck

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Shot at dawn

drugged by morphine
the blue light comes to you
when the squad opens fire
the coward goes to hell
the officers are heroes

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Mauthausen 186

Stone by stone
we made a step
Step by step
we went to heaven.

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wandering jew, damned jew
no words about them are forbidden
suspected of crimes and treason
they have been put in jail
they have been tortured and murdered
in the name of an insane idea
and now - more than ever -
who is next, please ?

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HolocaustJewno touch tortureTheuninckcriminalisation

Shut up !

don't try to be
who you are
shut up !
some more discipline
and a cheerful face
shut up !
your duty is sacred
work yourself to death
shut up !
your only way
is  "their" way
shut up !

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For Peace

we have to fight a war
against terror
against psychological terror
against psychopathical leaders
we have to fight a war

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)


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Red River

the train was too late
by foot it was too far
the river too nearby
the hatred too strong
bullets through your head
river of blood
red Danube
dead Budapest

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badly shell shocked
can't find my dugout
damned generals
where's my pillbox
shells rain
craters remain
insanity or death
what's the difference

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Vimy Ridge

the spirit of death
kissed you
on this ridge
your work is done
no triumph no glory
but for ever
© by Jan Theuninck

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vimy ridge spirit death


late at night
a mist
fills the valley
without knowing
it suffocates
like a dark power
on the fields
our dead bodies
and under the grass
a brown soil

© by Jan Theuninck

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yperiteWW1"Jan Theuninck"

Beyond the limit

Beyond the limit
tempting is
the border area
hanging around
in the gray zone
watching the game
of back and forth
seeing how vanity
and power
push them
beyond the limit
© by Jan Theuninck

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Tyne Cot


when you left
for the front
you were
living heroes
and now
you are on top
of the hill
where only

© by Jan Theuninck


Tyne Cot
toen jullie 
naar het front
waren jullie
levende helden
en nu
liggen jullie
op de heuvel
waar alleen
papavers bloeien...

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"Tyne Cot"WW1

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