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Where Was God?

Where was God on that day when the storm-troopers came
When they rampaged and goose-stepped all through the town?
Did He turn a blind eye when they spat on his name,
When they cheered as they burned all the synagogues down?

When the twisted black cross on the banners unfurled
Black symbol of evil,cruel emblem of hate,
Did God hear the message it sent to the world,
That freedom was crushed by the power of the State?

Where was God on that night when they they smashed all the glass
In the shops where his star had been splattered with shame?
Did he stand on one side for the brown-shirts to pass
On their way to destroy all those books in the flame?

Where was God when they knocked on the door in the night
With their black leather shrouds and their arrogant sneer?
Did he bury his head? Did he hide from their sight,
When whole families taken would just disappear?

In the ghettos they starved and they froze and they died.
Did God see the soldiers beating them there?
Did He comfort the sick and the children who cried?
Did He reach out to them in their blackest despair?

When the cattle trucks clattered their way to the camps
With their cargo of humans crammed in like sheep
When all hope of freedom died there on those ramps
As they clambered aboard then, was God fast asleep?

They were beaten and cursed and abused to their deaths
By the guards with their "orders" and duty to do.
As they stifled their pain, as they drew their last breaths
Did God see it all? Did he suffer there, too?

Where was God ,oh where, in those dreadful dark hours
When they lined them all up and they stripped them all bare?
When the cyanide fell from those satanic showers
As they writhed and they choked was God with them there.

Just above in the flowers a small orchestra played
To muffle the screams from the chamber below.
Did God hear them scream as the dark chimneys sprayed
Their clouds of white ashes which settled like snow?

Did God weigh the gold from the teeth put in store
Or count all the spectacles,coats, hats and shoes
While the flames in the ovens continued to roar
As the "final solution" got rid of those Jews?

Where was God in that genocideís evil design?
Where was God as they cried out in pain and despair?
Where was He? Why didnít he show them a sign,
As the state snuffed them out - O God,did you care?

Where was God as the holocaust took them to die?
Six million and more asked again and again.
God was there all along and he waited close by
But mankind, who he loved,had abandoned him then.

W.F.Randle January 1999.


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The following comments are for "Where was God?"
by Stargazer

very good question...
i like the way you have kept asking it throughout your work here, slaming faith each time it is asked, i can grasp your frustration, you have chosen very powerful words and the way this piece is structured is fantasic!

( Posted by: man eating maniac [Member] On: September 1, 2004 )

Where was God?
I liked this very much, and especially the last two lines that you wrote; "God was there all along, and He waited close by"
But mankind, who He loved, had abandoned him then..

Thanks for a great read...


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: September 1, 2004 )

I think this poetry is expertly written and asks the questions that need asking. Unusually for a poem on a subject of this nature, it is set in the right mood and tempo and does justice to its theme. Most do not and this is soul searching stuff.

However, I do not think you last line does the poem justice either by its lack of rhyme or by blaming all mankind...what harm had the children done for instance.

Your poem was powerful and I think you should have left the reader asking the very questions you had asked all the way through. The last line left me thinking that you were making excuses for God!

We had abandoned him? The question is still in my mind and your excellent poetry makes me think...


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: September 1, 2004 )

Sad, if God was just standing by, isn't it? Seems we'd all be better off without a jerk like that, willing to let millions suffer because of wounded pride. For shame!

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: September 1, 2004 )

Good writing Stargazer, scanned well, heart-rending but not maudlin - a difficult balance to strike. However, I do agree with Ivor and Viper. What kind of God allows children and babies to be murdered by nazis, just because he felt slighted?
Not one to whom I would offer respect. So, one wonders what his reasons were. Interesting debating point perhaps.
Take care

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: September 2, 2004 )

God help Us?

This poem has been haunting me all day, It feels like the last line has been altered to make it more palatable to post. If it has I would love to see the original and would expect it to be steeped in emmotion as is the rest of the poem.

If not, I do not yet understand the reason for the ending and would have left a quetion, as I said earlier, for instance:
Where was God as the holocaust took them to die?
Six million and more asked again and again.
God was there all along and he waited close by
But a Christian God, leaving Jews to their pain?

Again I will say a very thought provoking, well written pice of poetry,


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: September 2, 2004 )

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