watches morosely as the synagogue burns,
the holy place he has frequented man and boy.
It feels like his soul is burning
as he wipes away a tear
fearing there is much worse to come.
It is November 9th, 1938
and ugly voices cheer
as Jewish businesses are destroyed by fire
and people murdered on the street.
The veteran fought for his country
yet suddenly he is loathed
now called by the most horrific names,
yes, his soul too is consumed by flames.