P O E M S
Poems can be better at expressing feelings
Rudi Stern wrote very good poems, quite long, really beautiful poems. I write shorter ones, but that’s enough for me.
I have the feeling that if I think about something and something impresses me, I can express my feelings better in this way. I have a poem which I like to read out at the end of my visit to schoolchildren here in England every year.
TO MY PARENTS
You gave me live and nurtured it with love.
You taught me right from wrong, trust in the one above.
For fifteen years I stayed within the family fold
Then sent away from you, to England I was told.
You gave me life anew with greater pangs of pain,
Since you were well aware we' d never meet again.
You made a choice so many years ago,
Such selfless love when you did need me so.
And, in a way, my need was much the same
Though never given voice, adds sadness to my shame.
Could I have known or felt what you went through,
I should have been much more in debt to you.
For, I am here and live my live so free,
What you twice overgave so generously to me.
Written in 1989 – on the occasion of the first Kindertransport re-union in London.