#Poetry Wed: “First They Came…” by Martin Niemöller

“First They Came…” by Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the incurably sick, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a incurably sick.

Then they came for the schools and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a school.

Then they came for the press and I did not speak out—
Because I was not the press.

Then they came for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the people in countries occupied by Nazi Germany, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not in countries occupied by Nazi Germany.

Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak for me.