Poem of the Month: August 2010

Hints from the Persecutor’s Handbook



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The first thing is to find someone to hate,
Who talks a little funny, is different from the rest,
Who came to this country a little late.
Singular or plural? a group is best,
Be guided by Hitler, his choice was good,
The queers, the commies, the gipsies, the Jews,
Anyone who brings down the neighbourhood,
Wears funny clothes, or has different views.
And anyone who doesn’t contribute,
[Who look as if they might beg or steal]
You don’t need research to persecute,
Trust your instincts, go on what you feel.
Do all this, and victory’s in your sights,
Demean them first, then take away their rights.

© James Nash 2010