Tanka Inspired by an Anne Frank quote


Despite everything,
Though my ideals have been strained,
I won’t give them up,
The world grows dark; all seems lost,
I believe they have good hearts.


Image from www.AnneFrank.org

Inspired by this quote from Anne’s diary:

“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I’ll be able to realize them!” (15 July 1944)




6 thoughts on “Tanka Inspired by an Anne Frank quote

  1. I know what inspired you to post the Ann Frank quote, though I will not speak it’s name. Let us hope that things do not come to that. The HOPE is that we, as a human race, change for the better. The REALITY is that numerous mindsets exist, good and bad, and that they continually cycle. A very uplifting thought, despite all the horror in the world, we continue to survive. As for losing our values, that won’t happen, because they are OUR values.

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  2. Good work John. What an amazing young woman. We just honored ‘Remembrance Day’ in the country I live in. Anne is part of that remembering for me. Well done, I shed a tear for the bravery and spirit she inspires. I can only hope to have a pinch of that.

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