Heather Browne – You take from me

Dr Heather Browne

Dr. Heather Browne is a newly launched poet. Dr. Browne is faith-based psychotherapist, living in South California, US. She dedicated this poem to a therapist friend whose father went through the Holocaust. Dr. Browne’s friend is Jewish. Parents and siblings of Dr. Browne’s friend were eventually  reunited praise God, but everything beyond family, faith and love was gone.  They felt fortunate. Both her parents  died many years ago.  She recently received a notice for her Dad that the German government was demanding reimbursement funds as they claimed they had given him too much.  She was outraged and reached out.  This was a gift to her from Dr. Browne.

YOU TAKE FROM ME

You take from me
my home
my job
my wife
my kids
This is war you say
But you do not ask of me
You take from me my
freedom
voice
purpose
This is war you say
And never ask of me
You take
my land
my safety
dreams
It’s just the way it is in war you know
Yet never ask of me
And when Your war is finally through
and now my internal war has start…
This was only war you say
And never ask of me
Out I’m tossed
No need to hold
No need to keep
There’s nothing left
no home
no place
no one
not one
a few dollars you toss
Really only war you know
And still… you never ask of me
So many years have come and gone
My second life as well
And yet you say
of what we took
your home
your job
your life
your wife
your kids
freedom
voice
all these things
all this all
we gave too much
so much
so much
those dollars tossed
so many
too many for your loss
You take from me
once more
Seventy years later more
Although I’m not here for you to take
you take once more
and never ask of

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