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16 Years Of War

                         ~My True Story 16 Years Of War~

!6 years of living in fear every minute, 16 years living with barely 
any electricity,water, food,hurt from humiliation standing 
in line for hours to maybe obtain a loaf of bread for my children, 
some days due to lack of water, we would shower from the pouring 
rain on the roof,and for us that was a good day.
 
The fear of being stopped at a barrier from the militia, and if they 
decide to kill at the time, we would have been a good target, 
agonizing each day not knowing when a lost bomb would 
penetrate our roof tops,or bedrooms,running down for shelter 
at our neighbors first floor home,sometimes days in the same 
clothes no food,not even a drop of water,as we could not move 
from the hilarious shelling,bullets aimed at us the innocent who had 
nothing to do with politics and war.

We lived without once hearing a siren so we can run to the
shelter,nothing indicated where the shells will land,we had 
sometimes to cross the street to hide in our church,or other 
gatherings to escape the guerillas.

The only way to know if I can go to work and kids to 
university,was listen to the radio just to guess which way 
was safer to drive,many times over the years, bombs landed
not far from my car,had to leave and run underneath it
as a protection,my eldest son was once kidnapped for 3 days, 
once the banging on our door so loud, they came to take 
my children to fight with them, because they lacked 
men on the field.

Days I would arrive late to work due to the bombs.
My fear progressed as I was doomed and sensed disaster.
In summer we had no air condition due to no electricity,
in winter we had no heating,days we slept with our winter 
coats if we were not already in the shelter,16 years of war 
we slept awake.

My strength out of love to both my children,they graduated 
my eldest became an architect,and the youngest became a 
lawyer.
Had to send them away at a very early age,left alone with
my husband at the time. My duty was fulfilled when they 
both left. 

A happening that happened during that war,was my secret 
for years and years,I hid it,I kept it alive inside of me,not to 
allow anyone discover how I died and lived only because of 
my love towards my children,I was hiding for years,now only
something stirred deep in me,a voice,begging me to come
at peace within myself,is the only way to write it down,as 
enough is enough,no details,I will write,none to ask what,
why,when,who,only the rape happened,my spirit and soul
agonized,now I am a free woman.No more tears, no more
fears.

Today in a new country of freedom accepted me 25 years ago 
as a political refugee, I am very happy, my children are safe,
As we did survive 16 years of a major war in our country.

Freedom is so beautiful,feeling safe having showers,eating,
variety of food,getting a heater to remain warm,air condition 
during summer,driving with no fear,walking with a sense of
freedom,it took us a while to return to normal,
the truth became beautiful due to the transformation of our 
inner spirits,living in the depth of darkness for years took 
sometime to regroup our inner souls to run far from darkness
and live into the light again. Free At Last.

Therese Bacha
19 June 2013 
Contest for Tim Morrison. Tell Me A True Story.  WIN  ( NO. 1)

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  1. Date: 6/25/2013 9:05:00 AM

    Hi Theresa, thanks for sharing this great story..... There aint nothing like FREEDOM! Big congrats on your win. xx

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 6:24:00 PM

    Therese, now I know why your beauty is always evident. I don't care who knows how much love and respect I hold in my heart for you. You are special beyond words...Now I know why my heart holds you in such respect... Thank you for sharing.... and congratulations on a great win.... Love ya.... Jake

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/22/2013 6:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh Jake, I also do like the way you always share your feelings in a wonderful way. Thank you so much. Its so kind of you. God was and is with us. May also you Be Blessed. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 4:51:00 PM

    As Joyce so poignantly put it, the human spirit is an amazing thing......what an amazing story, you are a strong and resilient person. Well written, Therese.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/22/2013 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Carrie, congratulations to you to. Thank you Carrie for passing by. Terry xo
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 7:49:00 AM

    A heart rending story. I marvel at the resilience of the human spirit. Congratulations that you are able to write about it so well. Love, Joyce.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/22/2013 6:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Joyce, thank you so much. Yes we did have very difficult years. Thank you. Terry xo
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 7:49:00 AM

    My brother and sister-in-law have permanent scars on their faces which they received from the blast that killed Hariri. We've lived through the civil war here....in shelters...I'm sorry for the horrific experience you endured...God knows that nothing is stronger than the love of a mother to protect her children. Your experience is a blessing to others...Congrats on your win...

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/22/2013 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Eilleen, Thank you so much for reading my poem. And congratulations to you to. I still love Lebanon, and if I am here now, because I had no choice. Take care. Terry xo
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 6/22/2013 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PS...I know that you have found shelter in your new home, Therese...but this country is still beautiful despite the ravages of war and the political unrest that still prevails....It is beautiful and is mentioned in the BIBLE....He will not forget this land. May peace reign in your heart
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:38:00 PM

    Congrats Terry, loved the read, so sorry it was a reality ...Seren

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/22/2013 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Seren, thank you for passing by, its so nice of you. I do appreciate your sharing. Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:27:00 PM

    You appear to have poured out your soul here and the result is a absolutely stunning piece of work. Congrats! and thanks for submitting it. Kim

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 6/21/2013 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I really do appreciate more your genuine feelings towards my past life, Your generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you so much Kim. Have a great weekend. God Bless. Terry
  1. Date: 5/9/2013 12:11:00 PM

    Congrats on your deserving win in PD's contest. Best wishes in Anne's Contest.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/9/2013 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello, that is so nice of you to pass by, thank you so much. Love Terry xo
  1. Date: 5/9/2013 10:11:00 AM

    Terry, Congrats for your win. It is so nice that a few more folks could see your poem. Luv ya, Andrea

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/9/2013 10:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Andrea, thank you so much. Loev Terry xoxoxo
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 7:45:00 AM

    Therese, we that live outside those environments take our lives too much for granted--God bless!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/8/2013 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Graig, thank you so much for reading my poem, it does me good. Have a happy day. Terry xo
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 5:40:00 AM

    I'm glad to see this among the winners...congratulations

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/8/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Donna, my friend, so nice of you to pass by , it means a lot to me. Have a nice day. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 2:22:00 AM

    Congrats on your win and your strength to carry on no matter the odds. Rick

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/8/2013 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Rick, thank you so much for passing by, sharing with all of you here on the soup, has given me a new life. Have a nice day. Terry xo
  1. Date: 5/7/2013 9:58:00 PM

    Congratulations TERRY:-) thanks for taking your time entering my contest. Goodnight~ LINDA

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 5/7/2013 10:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello dearest PD, again I do thank you so much for choosing me to participate in your contest. Have a great evening. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 3:03:00 PM

    and hey, I see you are getting lots of comments at this one. Way to go!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/24/2013 3:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well i am disappointed, they only answer back if i write to remind them i exist, its ok, i am fine with anything. Love Terry
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 3:02:00 PM

    Terry, what hardship you endured. and you truly tell us here exactly how it was. My gosh, I feel stressed these days but I don't even know the meaning of stress when I think of what you had to go through!!! You are such a strong woman. Never lose that strong good heart! Luv, Andrea

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/24/2013 3:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Andrea, yes i did have it a very hard way, but as i always write for, every happening there is a reason, and we can never run away from, what is meant to be..so out of love we adapt. Love Terry
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 2:02:00 PM

    What a life, if "life" it may be called. My heart goes out to you for what used to be. Beautiful ending. I agree only once we've been deprived can we really, really appreciate. We tend to take things for granted. Lovely write, Therese. :)

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/23/2013 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much, yes i am grateful to my God that we survived at last. Thank for passing by. Delysia. Love Terry
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 9:49:00 AM

    So touching and sad Terry, you've hosted a very strong woman and a loving protective mother. - Yes ... freedom is lovely ..... but there are many who do not know ...... - Proficient poem Terry - Good luck in the contest! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/23/2013 10:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Anne my friend. sorry to tell you this is my true story of the war, and even worse but i did not want to publish them. Much more sad stories about me. Thank you love Terry
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 9:06:00 PM

    Terry; This is so sad and heartfelt. I am happy for you - that you are in a safe place nowand that your have a good life. God always takes care of his own. May God always bless you today, tomorrow and always...... Lucilla

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/22/2013 9:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Lucy, thank God as you said now is important that we are doing great. This is life, we never know what we are going to go threw till it happens, than the strength and love makes one strong. Love Terry xoxoxo
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 9:59:00 AM

    Good morning, Terry this is a poem, in which I will mark as a favorite. Very powerful, and the feeling will stay locked in my mind.A very sad experience, nothing good ever comes from the meaning of war. Not even if it's in a relationship house-hold... or the past wars. The ending of your poem is the most powerful. always a loving fan.... Linda

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/22/2013 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hellooo my friend, yes PD, it was living in hell, but God wanted to protect us, and we survived. Where there is love shared, life becomes beautiful. We were also lucky to be accepted here and in the states. God loved me because i had the chance to be here next to my kids. If i stayed there it would have been another Hell. Love Terry xoxo Thanks for the FAV.
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 7:25:00 PM

    PS. Bless your heart.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/21/2013 7:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Bless your heart to, enjoy living young man, the past is gone, Now is the important time. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 7:21:00 PM

    I am moved and shaken by your work Theresa. I recall myself on a stretcher in Viet Nam under motor fire. I lost my leg below the knee. That was my fear. My mother lived in England during WWII under Hitlers VII raids. All wars are the same war and I will fight no more forever. I will give myself to God before Ill fight again.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/21/2013 7:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Michael, so so sorry to read about your leg, my heart reaches your pain, as for mum, my God how much she must have suffered. I pray you are doing great, and of course never ever go to war. I love reading your poems, and your picture looks so cute. Stay Happy young man, life is beautiful. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 2:15:00 PM

    This is unbelievable Therese. I cannot believe what some people live through and come out without losing their minds. You remembered my July birthday, how wonderful. I am having a large party and absolutely everyone of my poet friends , my garden club friends, and my neighbors, relatives and other friends are invited. It is my 95th and I had 200 help me celebrate my 90th birthday. I live in Washington State and will give directions by soup mail to anyone who wants to come. Love, Joyce

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/22/2013 9:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh Joyce, so so happy for you that you will have all your friends around you, God Bless you always, you have such a young spirit, and that smile in the picture is so alive. Thank you for passing by. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 10:11:00 AM

    Hi, Therese! Im sorry ... Im a very bad "neighbor"! Im not reading-commenting; I just visit the blogs to "see" what's going on. I just read this poem (a great prose poem) and I wonder... where are you from? The ex-Yugoslavia? I love the tone in this poem, and, particularly, how you describe this experience in the first two stanzas. Nicely done, my friend. Ruben.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/21/2013 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Ruben, i was only worried about you. Thank you for reading my poem, no I am from Lebanon, but I live in Montreal since the past 24 years, and my kids live in the states. Love Terry
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 7:24:00 AM

    A very sad story in your very beautiful & stellar write my dear friend Therese. I'm deeply moved and can't help myself but cry on this very touching story of yours. But, God is so good my dear friend. A remember one song which goes, God will make a way when it seems there's no way.... This is one of your best poems i've again enjoyed reading tonight. Thank you so much & God bless. Thank you as well for your nice comment on my poem. Good luck always! love lots, Leonora

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/21/2013 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Leonora, love your comments,i will cherish them. Have a nice day. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:11:00 PM

    We forget to be thankful for so many things that others are deprived of in this life..It is good to be reminded that all is not like our great country..Great work that you have penned..Enjoyed reading it ..Thanks for stopping by, reading and taking time to comment on my work..Sara

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/20/2013 8:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Sara, yes this was part of my life, it was worse then written, i did not want to impose the real hell we were in. Thank you Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 4:57:00 PM

    Terry...this brought a tear...God bless you and yours...Donna

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/20/2013 8:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Donna, you are so honest , and i am sure you heard horrible stories. I am glad they are safe and back home. Love Terry xoxo
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 4/20/2013 5:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I do know some feeling of the pain of war...all three of my brothers and hubby have served in military and sacrificed, escaping death many times as well...so your pain is deeply shared and felt.....
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 4:42:00 PM

    What terrible truths that unfortunately people who have not being through the same experiences cannot understand! Fortunately you came out of it and that is an achievement! Thank God! Beautiful writing even if it written with blood and tears! Keep well my friend!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/20/2013 8:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Demetrios, thank for your feelings, i also thank you for your kind sincere sharing. Have a great week. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 12:47:00 PM

    This is a tremendous and saddening write my friend! But it is also a joyous write because you and your family are now safe! I'm sorry that you went through all that you did with the fears of war and the suffering of war! But I'm glad that you are enjoying your freedom and good life here in the States! You have told me a lot within your poem here, I never knew all this about you and your family! Thank you for sharing this with us! Wonderful Work!!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/20/2013 1:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh Russell my friend, that is why I wrote to you and mentioned you as a friend, you are, you always helped me with your heartfelt comments, you always lifted my moral when i was down. I felt you are my sincere friend and that is why I am opening up without feeling I will be criticized. I live in Montreal Canada, my 2 children live in the states, one in Los Angeles, the other is in San Francisco. Love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 12:30:00 PM

    Another for my favs today..You made me feel.like beong there in the moment..but i can only imagine whixh is a far cry from libing the horror of war....poverty and humiluation.Some will despair but others won t give up ..they fight their own battle of survival..they make.it and watch their children succeed and build their families.Greedom what a beautiful word is yhat.My second favourite after love.Awesome lovely lady..hugs

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha Date: 4/20/2013 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My Dearest Charmaine, please don't worry, I am fine being surrounded by all of you, the past is gone, and I will always with God`s help will remain strong for my kids. Our Now is important, and I am lucky to live it with you as a friend. Love Terry xoxo Baby hi.