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First Line: I saw a nazi mother hauling hay
Last Line: If blood-red poppies tell her why they bloom.
Subject(s): Mothers; Nazis; National Socialism

I saw a Nazi mother hauling hay
through dusty little lanes that edge the Rhine
And far above a hill the vineyards own
Moved plumes of factory smoke. Her only boy
Made ammunition there and all her labor
Glorified the fact. The purpling fruit
And flaming trees of autumn brought delight
But thoughts of winter wine, unshared, were sober.
She watched the gliding boats like water birds
Go up and down the peaceful, war-famed river
Where ghosts from ruined castles walk as guards
And vanquished lords and ladies live forever.
I wonder when she stoops to spade the loam
If blood-red poppies tell her why they bloom.

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