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HOLODOMOR

Holodomor


I am surrounded by death’s
unmerciful stench, 
its sounds,
its unrelenting determination.
I cling to the nothingness
of hope,
feel the emptiness of
bloated belly,
the gnawing bite of hunger
cannibalizing itself.
My children died first,
too small,
made too weak to linger -
in death’s grip -
for long.
My wife
held the lifeless bodies
and slowly followed.
Looking into her
hollow, empty eyes
I knew that death
had come
long before her
love succumbed
to the hate.
A hate
that refused
food
to the hungry,
sustenance 
to the children.
I pray 
to forgotten gods
for an end,
my end.
Awaken
one more time,
see the gray haze
of one more day,
watch 
gaunt shadows
of men,
of women,
fade
into blackened memories.
I, we,
have surrendered
yet this war
this hate,
this fear,
this terror
continues.
I will rest now,
allow the darkness
to envelope
what little is left

of me,

of my life,

of my family,

of us.


John G. Lawless
8/21/2014

for the Genocide: Speak for the Lost contest

Holodomor, the Ukrainian genocide.




Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 11/11/2014 7:17:00 PM
You were an excellent voice for them. Congrad's Light & Love
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Date: 11/10/2014 10:58:00 PM
Wow, very nice...congrats on your win!
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Date: 11/10/2014 7:37:00 PM
Very powerful emotional poem John. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 11/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
congrats on your win with this gem. Cory
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John lawless
Date: 11/10/2014 5:33:00 PM
Thank you Cory.
Date: 11/10/2014 9:22:00 AM
I am speechless with the emotion this poem brings to my heart. One of the best in this contest !
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John lawless
Date: 11/10/2014 5:33:00 PM
Thanks Carrie, it was not easy to imagine the horrors suffered by so many yet it is important that we never forget them.
Date: 11/10/2014 9:04:00 AM
Nice write, congrats on the win,
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Date: 11/10/2014 8:42:00 AM
Excellent write John. Congratulations on your first place win.
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John lawless
Date: 11/10/2014 5:33:00 PM
Thanks Maurice.