On Sunday 13 June, 1943 (pg. 103) Anne publishes a poem written by her father (edited by her sister Margot) about what it’s like for the girls living in hiding. Why don’t you write a poem in response to Anne’s diary or to something you’ve learnt about the plight of the Jews…?
As youngest among us, but small no more,
Your life can be trying, for we have the chore
Of becoming your teachers, a terrible bore.
“We’ve got experience! Take it from me!”
“We’ve done this all before, you see.
We know the ropes, we know the same.”
Since time immemorial, always the same.
One’s own shortcomings are nothing but fluff,
But everyone else’s are heavier stuff:
Faultfinding comes easy when this is our plight,
But it’s hard for your parents, try as they might,
To treat you with fairness, and kindness as well;
Nitpicking’s a habit that’s hard to dispel.
Men you’re living with old folks, all you can do
Is put up with their nagging — it’s hard but it’s true.
The pill may be bitter, but down it must go,
For it’s meant to keep the peace, you know.
The many months here have not been in vain,
Since wasting time noes against your Brain.
You read and study nearly all the day,
Determined to chase the boredom away.
The more difficult question, much harder to bear,
Is “What on earth do I have to wear?
I’ve got no more panties, my clothes are too tight,
My shirt is a loincloth, I’m really a siaht!
To put on my shoes I must off my toes,
Dh dear, I’m plagued with so many woes!”