In a well educated town, in a highly educated school
they thought nothing of red cups turned swastika
for that perfect Instagram shot.
A Nazi salute, a hearty “Heil Hitler” made it a meme
that only needed little fingers under noses
to stick it in the dah viewers face.
They knew the joke was complete when 12-year-olds
daily atrocity their friend, kindness their enemy,
graffitied red cups on trails and playgrounds.
When Anne Frank’s ninety-year old stepsister,
who had a history and education in bigotry,
and still believed people are really good at heart,
knowing Anne didn’t die in Bergen-Bergen for this,
knowing she herself didn’t survive Auschwitz,
lose brother, father, future family for this,
knowing that the Holocaust was one family
by one family by one family’s private tragedy
supported by others in concentration camp blues
came to talk to the red cups about this and them,
only to be greeted with their hearty laugh
and the known knowledge that all is ash.