The Shish Kebab Genocide
The Germans made certain history
would know what they did when
they stacked the Jews in camps
before putting them in gas chambers.
Not so with the Ottoman Turks
who slaughtered Armenians
in 1915 and for years thereafter.
More than a million Armenians died.
Today their kin live like Jews
in diaspora the world over.
Had the Turks taken time to chunk
Armenian corpses and put them
on skewers held over a fire
struck for a festive dinner,
the world would know today
the Ottoman feast was a holocaust
raging hot as the German slaughter
that claimed six million Jews.
Today no pope would have to call it
genocide when others waffle and won’t.
Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.