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Remembering Rwanda

Before the blast in April's darkened sky. . . before the electrifying surge of insurgency - when trucks and tanks were used to block the roads, and when men and even boys were sought to aid in one malicious purpose. . . before the rampant slaughter - the raining of machetes down on flesh and bones and the cornucopia of corpses left like butchered carcasses on highways, nearby houses and in churches. . . before the plundering, the rapes and mutilations and the exodus of thousands to death-infested camps, there were whisperings - insidious and portentous to the ears of the wisely suspicious - and a voice on the airwaves spewing hate. Before it all, there was a brewing of resentment of a people with a history of poverty and of transitory freedom and capricious politics. And through it all, with such grave consternation, governments debated. . . waited. . . . . . . and waited, playing with semantics while thousands dead became the hundred thousand, and three long months - unrivaled for its number of atrocities - came to its completion. Seemingly, peace has been restored and punishment stingily doled out. Time moves on . . . except for half a million for whom compassion by the world was spared.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:59:00 PM

    Andrea,, Congratulations in Debbie's " Let's Get Serious " awesome contest. ~ :-) always a pleasure in reading all winners when I get the chance. super xox's from~ PD

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 10:54:00 PM

    A definate WOW! factor on this one, a brilliant creation and an excellent entry for the contest.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:52:00 AM

    A wonderful passionate verse! Congratulations on your win! Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 11:07:00 PM

    Congrats Andrea!!

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 8:34:00 PM

    I must say Andrea, you gave us a strong one to read and it is hard to digest. I remember that time and many others like it. Wonder wwhat it is about being human that can be so cruel and unfeeling to our fellow man. This is heartrending in it's sorrow. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 4:24:00 PM

    We're only humans, how can we bear. The pain of people over there. Your poem has caused my guts to churn. Jesus have mercy, will we never learn. Congrats on your win. Yeah, you got serious all right. I could cry.

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 11:44:00 AM

    great poem from a great poet..Big Congratulations on your win...good day always!! (^_^) **Maria**

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:30:00 PM

    WOW! Andrea, i really miss reading my favorite poets.. Lately all i have time is for contest... and a blog here and there.. The poem i posted today ,,, was a miracle i even accomplished it.. Anyway, Debbie will enjoy your entry... good luck in the contest..pd

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 3:53:00 PM

    A most deserved win!! Like Debbie wrote below, this is such an important topic to write about...I pray future generations of children will have a thirst for understanding the history of oppression and how to make a difference in the world! gwendolen

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 2:48:00 PM

    Splendid, this is poetry at it's best Andrea, congrats on your special win, love vie

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 12:50:00 PM

    Well that's a 10, I mean 7,,,,, God"you see this on the news every time you turn it on ,,,, "humans" GREAT WIN ;}

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 7:33:00 AM

    What a lovely write Andrea! Congrats on your win! I have been very busy and I know I have missed so much on the soup. Thanks for all your kind comments.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:27:00 AM

    Congratulations on your super win in this contest "Let's Get Serious" Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 10:41:00 PM

    Congrats on your win, Andrea.

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:13:00 PM

    Congrad's on your Serious verse winning. This is an important issue to draw attention too. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 11:45:00 AM

    One of the downfall of man is war and the injustice done to people. Many lost lives and it was hard to understand what was going on in this far away country. A good reminder of the atrocities that went on there. love phyl

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 8:54:00 AM

    Congratulations on your in Andy such atrocities are so hard to understand as it says in the scripture "mans inhumanity to man" we can be vile creatures and yet so loving and caring as yourself xx

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 1:18:00 AM

    Congratulations Andrea,for this awesome tribute and wonderful piece.It is Excellent.It shows concern for humanity .You are a rare gem and a wonderful person.I cherish you.Kudos to you my dear friend...

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 11:44:00 PM

    MY BIG HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAREST FRIEND ON YOUR WIN HERE! Indeed, it's really an EXCELLENT WRITE about genocide and a tribute to Rwanda. More power to you. Have a blessed weekend!! luv and hugs, leonora

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:29:00 PM

    Great poem Andrea, but is there really peace there now... I am not so sure. Congratulations on your win. Lee

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 7:11:00 PM

    I'm absolutely stunned. Not often am I stumped for a comment, but surely this time. It seems there's no end to your poetic flair, Andrea. Well done with your placement for this masterpiece, now stored in my "fave" file. *PS* My work schedule is a hectic one, sometimes anywhere between 16 to 20 hours daily for days on end. For the moment I can't write and visit the site as often as I'd like. Eish!! :)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 5:39:00 PM

    A heart wrenching story Andrea and we can only hope. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 2:02:00 PM

    and this is the lady who says free verse isn't her forte!! if it brings forth work such as this, maybe you should write it more often! some wonderful phrases - "surge of insurgency", "cornucopia of corpses" - certainly a serious, hard-hitting subject and poem...from what I've read so far the standard in this contest was extremely high; congrats on your win, andrea :-)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 5:45:00 AM

    excellent reminder, Andrea. best wishes in the contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 1:34:00 AM

    Genocide is definitely a very serious topic. I like how you've presented it showing it from all sides - the perpetrators, the victims, and those who stood aside and watched the massacre unfold. Nice write Andrea! Poignant, yes. But very well told.

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 12:34:00 PM

    Andrea, your poem brought to mind the sad events that happened in Rwanda, even tonight I can still picture the images played on the television back then.. All the best for Debbie's contest.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 7:00:00 PM

    The world is so huge. Unthinkable in this country that such slaughter could happen. Powerful stuff, Andrea. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 4:36:00 PM

    A very serious topic upon which to write..Enjoyed reading...Winner for sure..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 4:11:00 PM

    Very well written Andrea, nice to see you writing such heart felt emotions, you describe it well, love vie

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 4:04:00 PM

    Many of those men are worse than wild animals, and there leader should chopped to pieces with them. That's a sad and dramatic story.Thanks for sharing it.God bless you. Hugs!Erich