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To Life
by Marsha Cook

Saturday, August 28, 2004
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The Poem TO LIFE was written while I was researching the book SALA,

When Sala and I decided to do this project I had no idea how emotional of an experience it would be.

While we were in the beginning stages of research I thought I knew quite a bit about the Holocaust, boy was I wrong.

Sala talked while I wrote. She would hand me Kleenex as I cried. It felt as if I was with Anne Frank.

When the book was finished and Sala began speaking to Junior High students I could feel the kids connecting with Sala. They too had experienced what I had. After every engagement it was always the same. She had spread the message. She was encouraging them to believe in themselves. She was helping them become strong. Through her memories they would remember her heartbreak. They would be strong. They would make sure there never would be a Holocaust again. Never !




The question is to be curious

To be curious is to care

To care is to love

To love is to forget

But if we forget

Who will answer the questions

Who will be there

To make sure

The deaths of our loved ones

Will have not have been in vain,

So please donít ask us to forget

The pain and the sadness

The outburst and

The tears

They belong to us

      They are dreams,


      They are the sparks of light

That survive in us

To remind us

Of love and honor

And of being who we are

We have been spared by G-d

To hold in our hearts

All that is dear to us,

For we as a people have


We are not just Jews

We represent honor

And courage


We are the inspiration

We represent love,

We are not only survivors

We are teachers

We are friends

We are the assurance that

The Holocaust did happen

We are here to repeat

The facts

So it canít happen again,

Yes, we are the reminders

But you my children

You are the future

You have the power

To say no

We didnít Ö







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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/30/2013
I enjoyed your writing. I just finished a book titled THE TENTH WITNESS. I found the book troubling in this sense, so many of those who thought they were above all mankind escaped--so many who went along did not escape but they still harbor thoughts of dominance. How many generations must pass before equality of all peoples will prevail?
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 8/12/2009
In a lot of respects, we seem to be on the right road to acceptance. However, we still have a long way to go. Tolerance, compassion and understanding are important factors for our future. This is a powerful write. It reminds us that every life is valuable. Hugs,
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/21/2009
Powerful poem! I believe every human being should read it to remind us that we are all equal, and that we must never forget!

Reviewed by Z McClure 7/11/2008
Your comparison of dreams to "sparks of light" really hit me!
In the context of your poem, they are the only things we have that keeps us from being swallowed by the darkness.

Thanks for thinking deeply about life, and taking the time to distill it into such as gem as this. Thankyou Marsha.

In Christ, zach
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/3/2008
What a rough time that was, hoping it does not come again to anyone. So many on the run and survived and came to this country for freedom to worship their God. Heard the story as a teenager in school and the awfulness of it will never leave my mind.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/23/2008
well said
Reviewed by Leann Marshall 3/4/2008
A poignant but important writing that everyone should see. Thank you for sharing this.
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 12/3/2007
Hi Marsha. I read your poem,"To Life". I found it sad,truthful and at the same time beautiful. I am not Jewish but have a few friends that are. We Canadians are taught History,which is a cumpulsory subject. The "Holocaust" is one facet of our ww2 studies. Please feel free to visit my sites at either or here in the "Den"
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/3/2007
Unfortunately, under many different forms, in many other ways, hatred, war, exclusion, torture are happening again.

We should not forget, but we should also see the different facets of pain and war. That is a far more difficult form of awareness.

Thank you for sharing,

Reviewed by E. P. Ned Burke 6/27/2007
Touching poem. Very insightful.
Hope you get a chance to check out my site.
I could use a good agent for my books. :) Ned
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/29/2006
You raise a good point, Marsha, that only by shedding light on darkness will we make it disappear. Some people do not like to hear of any negativity. In a perfect world, it would not be necessary.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/29/2004
I agree with Lori; a gem of a write, and a most powerful message.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/28/2004
Thanks for this gem. Very touching.

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