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Below is the poem entitled SAPPY SAGA which was written by poet Neldy Jolo. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I am a story teller
Sentiment of the historic crater
Core of cruel massacre
1906 was a year of killer

Women and children died
Defending their nation’s pride
To the last drop of their blood till dried 
To heaven the incident was their guide

It was at the dawn of March 6
The slain bodies were buried
Some of them decapitated
Remain nothing but baby still sucking cried

The episode was known battle of the clouds
The epitome where martyrs behold
The true tale yet already old 
Bud Dahu story still severely untold

Justice and freedom were the cause
Until today this still the need most
Why can’t to them to grant this out 
If the world want the seed of peace sprout!

Dedicated to the slain during the 
Bud Dahu Massacre of 1906 
in Sulu Archipelago

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  1. Date: 8/17/2009 7:25:00 AM
    Good morning Neldy. Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today. I truly enjoyed reading it. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 10:48:00 AM
    Interesting and informative. Sara

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 10:33:00 AM
    America...too many mistakes thoughout your history....

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 10:30:00 AM
    What an incredible story....This is from "wiki"...."The Moro Crater massacre is a name given to the final phase of the First Battle of Bud Dajo, a military engagement of the Philippine-American War which took place March 10, 1906, on the isle of Jolo in the southern Philippines....

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 10:28:00 AM
    ....Forces of the U.S. Army under the command of Major General Leonard Wood, a naval detachment comprising 540 soldiers, along with a detachment of native constabulary, armed with artillery and small firearms, attacked a village hidden in the crater of the dormant volcano Bud Dajo. Fifteen American soldiers were killed, and thirty-two were wounded; more than 600 mostly unarmed Muslim Moro villagers (including many women and children) were killed but none were wounded.

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 10:02:00 AM
    Great write, Neldy. I'm going to "wiki" this massacre. "Women and children died/ Defending their nation’s pride/ To the last drop of their blood till dried / To heaven the incident was their guide"...potent, compelling lines...good images. Terrible story! Ruben.