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Scars left behind

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Scars left behind

I saw a man die once -brutally stoned to death - … I didn’t blink… - That’s what war does to you. You can’t heal a machete wound by placing a bandage over it, can you? And yet that’s what they do. Peace conferences held in five star hotels Foreign policies discussed by legislators and ambassadors, bounded into reports… And yet the scars remain- covering the rotting flesh. The land divided by the Equator; peaceful, blissful… -the calm before the storm I often wondered what would make a whole country plunge into chaos - Now I know. It’s the mass hysteria effect… once it catches on the voice of reason departs. A man’s character is judged by the company he keeps … Try bordering Rwanda, Somali, Ethiopia, Sudan… And yet the ‘it-could-never-happen-to me’ syndrome prevents precautions. ‘Terrorists cannot attack their haven’ – that’s what she said. Tell that to the 200 souls we buried. ‘The other tribes cannot turn against that tribe’ – that’s what he said. Tell that to the 1000 souls we buried. And still they forget. Freedom means nothing until a cage is placed over it… What’s your cage? The parents who watched their children burn alive inside a church; the boys who watched their grandmothers, mothers and sisters get raped; the girls who watched their fathers and brothers manhood mutilated; the children separated from their parents; the villagers whose ears were chopped off- Where are they now? Sleeping in paper tents and rusted iron shelters – the camps of refuge renamed as the camps of oppression: corruption, rapes, brutality… The scars covering the festering wounds. 200 souls, 1000 souls – countless others maimed, destroyed, scarred- you don’t have to be a mathematician to do the math – still they pat themselves on their backs – praising their tainted reconciliation efforts. And yet…nature never lies… See the lands where they torched the houses with families inside to the ground – Not one grass has grown…the scar remains… And still we choose to forget.
by Vicky Tsiluma

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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 8:49:00 PM

    Hi Vicky; This very touching and heartfelt. Some people might forget, but some never do. The scars are there and will never be erassed. I too wrote a poem on this. Scars left behind.Thanks for sharing... Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 6:03:00 PM

    This is a human roller coaster ride of emotion, I can not even understand the hell that is war, but this is a well expressed example of why they say war is hell on earth. I'm sorry to read what you dear lady had to go through, but thank you for sharing it with us, maybe it will make other think twice about inlisting. cheri also thank you for your cool comments on my davy jones poem. cheri

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:31:00 PM

    Dear Vicky, My heart goes out to you and to those who suffered...I cannot even fathom the pain or the brutality you have had to witness...I just want you to know I care and I would like to be a friend...Thank you, for sharing your inner most thoughts...I know it had to be painful for you but through sharing it with others maybe healing will come to you and the others...I do pray so, my friend...A friend, Cinda

  1. Date: 1/31/2014 3:55:00 PM

    Nothing but truth in this! Very good. Thank you for reading my poetry as well. I appreciated your comment:)

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:16:00 PM

    I'll just say I agree with all of these comments. Man, this blew me away! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 12/14/2013 12:10:00 PM

    I wont say much about this. It left me empty and outraged for everything we lose in war, mainly our humanity. But I am making you a favorite poet now!!

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 9:25:00 AM

    Hello Ms. Tsiluma. No words can honor your masterpiece you have created for others to envision. You have an amazing way with words and sadly, the reader can easily see what you describe. How these things happen is beyond my scope of realization. I thank you for being courageous enough to share this with us. Connie.

  1. Date: 8/23/2013 11:47:00 AM

    You go to war slowly, very slowly. FOR WAR BEGETS NO GOOD OFFSPRING!!!! Better still... NO MORE WAR!!!! EVER!!!!!

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 4:16:00 PM

    Vicky! first allow me to apologize for calling you by your first name without meeting you but I figure that I know you by your poems, outstanding poetry poet. The compassionate vioce here specks to the forgotten. I love your poetry poet. I'm litsening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 2/20/2013 10:37:00 AM

    A powerful, passionate poem! A reminder as my mother used to tell us, "You are eating your white bread now", here in these United States of America! It may come as no comfort to you now, but it is promised,"The meek shall inherite the earth!" Just believe! Cynthia Singing A Sad Song

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 12:44:00 PM

    Vicky this is sooo moving. the saying is true, "evil abounds when good men do nothing". If the devil is allowed to run amok, sadly more souls will suffer, yet all the pretty suits will still find their next meal, the world has become callous and the collective good conscience has all but vanished. very great needful write, Carl

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 2:19:00 PM

    Vicky; it is so sad that this kind of thing happens in WARS. If the leaders of the Countries were not so greedy maybe this things would not happen. They are thing that are never forgotten. Thanks for sharing . Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 11:27:00 PM

    Powerful and moving. You have a gift and are brave enough to speak of things others choose not to see. Continue educating others. I get it!

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 8:16:00 PM

    Life is full of contradictions, we are humans but we sometimes behave worse than animmals, we often know what is right but choose to do wrong, we know we should coexist but we put up barriers to one another. Awful things to experience and impossible not to be affected.

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 7:55:00 PM

    There are those who never forget. People around the world pray violence like this stops and realize only amazing love and what you believe God to be will bring forth his mighty vengeance against evil. May your life be filled with sweet memories to surpass the past.

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 3:29:00 PM

    I have chills, Vicky... wow. I intended on writing a poem for this contest, but I feel quite intimidated after reading this piece. It is absoutey amazing and so powerful!

    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 2/1/2013 12:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Anne - you always write very well. Go for it!
    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 2/1/2013 12:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Anne - you always write very well. Go for it!
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 2:15:00 PM

    Such sad happenings...well penned!

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 4:36:00 AM

    Oh my, Vicky, stunning, devestating and perfectly written...'Freedom means nothing until a cage is placed over it'...wow. I remember commenting once that I was amazed at such wisdom and insight in one so young...I see where it comes from now...would you mind telling me which country you live in?...I am fairly good at geography and am SO close to figuring it out but it escapes me at the moment - Tim

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 3:48:00 AM

    I wish no one had such scars Vicky ..... terrible! - Scars that will never heal! - Thank you for telling this story. - (It makes me both distressed and sad ......) - Good luck in the contest. - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/31/2013 2:35:00 AM

    I have no words, Vicky... too powerful... too horrifying... too... well unless it is 'us', we just don't care... a sad state of what some call 'humanity'... Terry

    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 1/31/2013 2:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you.
    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 1/31/2013 2:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you.
    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 1/31/2013 2:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you.
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 1:29:00 AM

    Strong words for a strong happening, I am so sorry you had to witness so much...Seren

    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 1/31/2013 2:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Seren! I don't like to think of it - it seems wrong to hurt when others are suffering so much.