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Moonless Nights over South Sudan

Moonless Nights over South Sudan
heartless Moon, don’t tell me that you weren’t looking when soulless soldiers dragged me from my mama’s terrified arms in our village in Rubkona County
I know you covered your ears so you wouldn’t hear my screams piercing the fetid air as those butchers dropped their pants repeatedly ripping my body and soul apart
and I saw you cover your eyes so blinded that you wouldn’t see the stark horror reflected in my own eyes the hot tears scorching my cheeks sobbing for childhood forever lost
oh Mother Moon, Mother Moon please cover your face behind billowy black clouds so that you can’t see your daughter’s dejected, dead eyes
cowardly Moon, I forgive you even after you turned your back on me filling my days only with your dark side as I sink deeper into a black hole with no hope to guide me safely home
but helpless Moon, how can I blame you? for you’re only a mere observer powerless to defend me feeling guilty for abandoning your innocent children
Moon, you’ve witnessed it all before the torn and bleeding the tortured and maimed all tied tightly to weeping trees reeking of despair and pain
Moon, will you soon forget my body dripping with bloody shame? will anyone even remember me? am I no one…with no name? will you, Moon, mourn for me?
like you Moon, I am already ancient over a hundred years it seems yearning for freedom… waiting for death… and I’m only twelve years old
Note: This piece is dedicated to all the women and young girls who have been abducted, raped, and/or killed in the secret rape camps in South Sudan over the past two years. According to a human rights investigator, many of them are held indefinitely, tied up with hundreds of other women in these camps and used as sex slaves. Those women who escape from the sex camps are the lucky ones. 09-29-2015 Contest: Must be Read Sponsor: Silent One Placement: 3rd

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Date: 11/25/2017 5:11:00 PM
Pray all is well with you and yours. Miss your pure comforting imspration verses. That rings truths. This piece brings and rings into our ears and mind. God bless those girls and women that are suffering and those few whom gotten away. Oh! but the captor shall reap what he sow.If not repetitive shall truly be lost. Mercy on their soul. Lovely write Be encouraged. Keep blazing those words, Write On. ---James
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/28/2017 8:59:00 AM
Thank you for brightening an otherwise challenging day with your wonderful words of support and inspiration! The atrocities reflected in this piece continue to plague the Sudan and other places where innocent people are subjected to unspeakable acts. I hope that the world will come to its collective senses and deal with the perpetrators of these crimes. Have a great day my friend! Hugs. Pandita
Date: 8/7/2017 9:12:00 PM
Nice tribute, yet there is only one who can deliver wholly and totally.
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Date: 8/8/2017 9:37:00 AM
Thank you, Ron for your kind compliment and comment! best regards. Pandita
Date: 7/6/2017 6:25:00 AM
hello Pandita! why you wrote this poem??
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 7/8/2017 9:33:00 PM
To call attention to this atrocious situation in which horrific crimes are committed against women and young girls who have been abducted, raped, and/or killed in secret camps in South Sudan.
Date: 11/25/2015 10:15:00 PM
Pandita, your poem packs an emotional punch! Such a horrible situation, but your words have given us a clear picture of this atrocity. Very well written! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim
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Date: 11/25/2015 11:18:00 PM
Hi Kim, thank you my friend, for taking the time to read my poem and to leave me your heartfelt comments and compliments. Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 11/24/2015 2:56:00 AM
Pandita, Congratulations on your wonderful win. Love SKAT
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Date: 11/24/2015 5:54:00 PM
Thank you very much, Skat, for taking the time to read my poem and to leave me your wonderful congratulations. Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 11/21/2015 6:40:00 PM
This is an important poem that needs to be widely read my friend! A7 Huge congrats on your win!!!
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Date: 11/21/2015 7:45:00 PM
Dear Robert, I thank you so much for your wonderful support, high praises and score! Have an enjoyable evening! Pandita
Date: 11/16/2015 8:15:00 PM
Devastating... The moon, white and unpolluted, must be the only pure thing they can see... The White Goddess's virtue mocks them in their bloody debilitation... in their strings undone, torsos lifted, breaths reprieved... but even Selene, even the moon, was raped... (as according to Greek mythology... when Pan drew her down and his way with her like the beast he was.)
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Date: 11/17/2015 2:21:00 PM
Thank you very much, H.E., for taking the time to read my poem and to leave me your insightful comments. Regards. Pandita
Date: 10/11/2015 6:40:00 AM
Oh wow, that has opened my eyes in such a penetrating way. What horror. May you open many more eyes, so that hands can get to work.
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Date: 10/11/2015 5:31:00 PM
Hi Scott, I'm glad you appreciated this piece! There's too much of this kind of horror perpetrated in the world and I just had to do may part to expose it in a creative way! Thank you for your kind comments, my friend! Pandita
Date: 9/29/2015 6:20:00 PM
THE WORLD TURNS AWAY, SO AS THE APPEASE THE ANIMALS DOING SUCH EVIL DEEDS! Yet the One God sees and someday judgment will destroy te souls of such savages and the religion they claim gives authority to do such evil in a God's name. A7
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Date: 9/29/2015 6:28:00 PM
That's right my dear Robert! So much evil is being perpetrated in the world as the powers that be turn their backs and the innocent are being slaughtered and subjected to all manner of savagery every day! Thank you, my friend, for your heartfelt comments and high score which I so very much appreciate! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 9/29/2015 6:05:00 PM
Facing a heartbraking reality is so visualized in your poem. Brings us out of our false secuity safe in our own way of life.
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Date: 9/29/2015 6:22:00 PM
Hi DM, we take so much for granted and most often do not realize how truly blessed we are to not be subjected to such pain and suffereing. Thank you my friend, for taking the time to read my poem and to leave me your heartfelt comment. Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 9/29/2015 3:37:00 PM
Hi Pandita, my heart just broke when I read this sad but excellent poem highlighting the brutal crimes committed against these innocent women and young girls! A - 7! Kika
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Date: 9/29/2015 3:47:00 PM
Hi Kika, thank you so very much for your kind complimentary words. I read about this situation in the news yesterday and it was so heart wrenching! While I felt sick to my stomach, I couldn't help but reflect on the horror that these young girls were experiencing. Warmest regards. Pandita