Poetic Reflections

Perelman Jewish Day School
After watching the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation from Auschwitz, fifth graders were invited to reflect on the Shoah. These two poems beautifully portray the maturity, vulnerability, and humanity of our young students.

A Sad Story                                                      
By Eli Hocking, 5th Grade
Their faces are streaked with mud
Their heads are bald and round
They're flowers without a bud
They're cold upon the ground
The chambers of despair
The silent voices' song
The place that gives no care
The gates are big and long
Their eyes are so, so dark
They're waiting to be free
They're like a caged-in shark
There for eternity

Six Rows - A Commemoration of the Holocaust
By Maurice Kanter, 5th Grade                                     
Six rows, millions in each 
So many thoughts out of reach
The first row tall and in gear, for the ones who fought brave without fear
A second row for the ones who died young, so much to know a song that remains unsung
A third row for innovation beyond belief, so many died without a feeling of grief
A fourth row for the family and friends, separated but still together with different ends
A fifth row for the Jews as they rest, so many gone when trying their best
A sixth row for one single person the cause of this pain, as all the others look, a single man stands by six rows, six rows all but the same.

Forman Center

Kindergarten - Grade 5  •  7601 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027  •  215-635-3130

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Junior Kindergarten - Grade 5 and Administrative Offices  •  49 Haverford, Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096  •  610-658-2518