This One Speaks for Itself

To my
granddaughters who visited the Holocaust

on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin


Now you know the worst

we humans have to know

about ourselves, and I am sorry,


for I know that you will be afraid.

To those of our bodies given

without pity to be burned, I know


there is no answer

but loving one another,

even our enemies, and this is hard.


But remember:

when a man of war becomes a man of peace,

he gives a light, divine


though it is also human.

When a man of peace is killed

by a man of war, he gives a light.


You do not have to walk in darkness.

If you will have the courage for love,

you may walk in light.  It will be


the light of those who have suffered

for peace.  It will be

your light.


~ Wendell Berry ~ 

(A Timbered Choir)