Amplify the Children

A pantoum is form of poetry, where lines repeat throughout the poem. This is a found word pantoum made up of real lines from the sworn testimony of children being held in U.S. custody in our concentration camps. The line “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference" is a quote from activist, writer, and holocaust survivor, Eli Wiesel. They are counting on us to forget. Do not do it. Remember. Keep speaking up.

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We are all alone

I am frightened, cold and sad

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference

I have not been told how long I have to stay here

I am frightened, cold, and sad

We are hungry all the time here

I have not been told how long I have to stay here

Children should not be here

We are hungry all the time here

We aren’t allowed to go to the bathroom at night

Children should not be here

We are being held in a cold cell

We aren’t allowed to go to the bathroom at night

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference

We are being held in a cold cell

We are all alone

M. Rutledge, 8/22/19

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