Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Can You Imagine?

Can you imagine,
The screams of a mother on a train,
Separated from her child calling her name,
Herded away and never seen again,
Her child, still screaming out her name?

Can you imagine,
Your husband shot dead,
A pool of blood by the bed,
Your brother before you slain,
A babe bayoneted again and again,
His mother calling out his name,
Another act of unspeakable shame?

Can you imagine,
The pain of a daughter's rape,
Her pleas for mercy as she tries to escape,
Fighting for her honour but all in vain,
Her childhood lost in lust and pain,
Her father calling out her name,
One more act of unspeakable shame?

How can we possibly understand,
Those of us who live in this land,
Where justice reigns and men are free,
Where hunger never touches thee?
No fear have we of the dictator's hand,
For he lives far away from England.

Why does the international community as represented by the nation members of the U.N. continue to stand callously by whilst rogue governments commit genocide, murder, torture and rape on a daily basis in Sudan, Zimbabwe and the Congo?

In the globalised, so called civilised world of the 21st century this failure to act and to bring those responsible to justice is unpardonable and a blight on humanity. Until we act to bring an end to state sponsored crimes against humanity, we all remain essential barbarians through complicity.

Speak out now and make your voices heard. Tell your political representatives enough is enough. We the people of this planet want change.

Poetry: http://www.spearman.blogspot.com

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