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Below is the poem entitled THOUGHTS OF A VICTIM which was written by poet Amrapali Tendolkar. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Host of things happen around me,
I am but a silent spectator,
And despite the sympathetic sadness there is some security,
That I am safe and secure in my own world.
Earthquakes crack up some places,
Destroying lives, families and homes,
Can one help the thoughts in traces,
That those killed were not my very own??
Terror attacks and bomb blasts so common today,
Thousands of lives they take,
And all I do is go and pray,
That give their souls peace and keep us safe.
Girls and women attacked and raped everywhere,
It makes me tearful, restless and angry,
But above everything all that I care,
Is that Thank God it was not me!
That experience that left me shattered,
And put me in a traumatic phase,
Before that all that had mattered,
Was that me and my people were not that victimized case.
Is that why it happened to me?
To give me that important lesson to learn,
That when it all happens to others I feel,
I also am that 'Other' for someone!!

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  1. Date: 9/26/2013 1:32:00 AM
    I read in a book (and it kind of stayed with me) the words of a mother whose son was killed at war: "Soldiers die. It happens. It is just that this one was the soldier who mattered to me." I don't have this kind of experience, but every single bad thing that has happened in my life made me stronger. Loved the poem Archontoula A.