Poem -

Strangest Fruit

Strangest Fruit

The strangest fruit of World War two
A precious harvest rarely seen
Serenity enveloped face
A woman child not yet eighteen

She shot the tyrants without fear
To save her country from their reign
Though captured and told she would die
butΒ  could have saved herself from pain

To do this would require just words
The words revealing names of who
Had also tried to thwart the ones
The Nazis and their evil crew

She was not one to find betrayal
An easy route she’d choose to take
So told them she would be no traitor
And died still silent Β for their sake.

Authors note
Lepa Radić was a Bosnian Serb who was executed  by Hanging at the age of 17 for shooting at Nazis during World War 2.
In her last moments, they offered to spare her life in return for the names of her accomplices, but she refused by saying, "I am not a traitor of my people. Those whom you are asking about will reveal themselves when they have succeeded in wiping out all you evildoers, to the last man."

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StevieC

Very thoughtful and sad piece..such a brave young lady

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lodigiana

so true Stevie and so sadΒ  xx

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Gerard McGowan

So many stories, too many to count.
One thing is for sure
The glorious and brave will survive for all eternity, in our hearts, reminding us to face our foes with great love and honour.

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lodigiana

Sometimes we need to take a realistic look at people who deserveΒ  our respect..too often, particularly in recent days, we turn celebrities into heroes..for doing what?...well nothing much really. I wanted to take a breath of reality and remember why some people deserve our admiration and respect and as you say this young lady is part of the 'glorious and brave that will survive for all eternity, in our hearts' Thank you so much for your wise words my friend.Β  Lodigiana xx

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lodigiana

Thank you so much Greg..What a brave young lady she was. xx

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Lodigiana....Wow!Β  She stood up to the wrongdoing and made a statement to her death...but a powerful one!Β  Great narration...hits the heart. xo :)Β 

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lodigiana

In an age when hero worship seems to centre around reality 'stars' we sometimes forget those who should really have that title..she was one of them..and so young as well, bless her...Thanks so much for reading and your comments hun xx

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lodigiana

Hello my darling! although I now seem to have all the time in the world I dont have much inspirationΒ  but am trying! I hope you are staying well and safe. Thank you for your kind words xxx

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