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First They Came For… A Poem

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a trade unionist (Martin Niemöller 1946).

Then they came for the the reds, the blacks, the browns, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not red, black, or brown.

They came for the artists, the writers, the dancers, the craftspeople, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not an artist, writer, dancer, craftsperson.

They came for the farmers, river keepers, mothers, the caregivers, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a farmer, river keeper, mother, or caregiver.

Then they came for the rest, and I did not speak out…

Because the game was complete and they had won (Janet Lewis 2019).

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