Seb's I Love You Eyes

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Seb's I Love You Eyes

Seb's young fertile face beamed African royalty
even in the penury of this Nigerian refugee camp.
Her mother's downcast eyes shunned the camera's querying lens,
while Seb's, "I-love-you", eyes were welcoming. 

Seb's eyes were as blossom-petaled obsidian pools,
each pierced by the light of a distant star.
Her blackness did not succumb to woeful displacement,
but shone with the promise of an overcoming spirit;
for a Mother's prayers were writ in the marrow of her bones.

Born with a tenacity to love,
her young heart leaped out through trusting inquisitive eyes.
Her tongue, budding out of rich dark faced soil, seemed eager
to taste the sweet juices that her spirited-eyes promised;
smiling, "l love you", behind barbed wired love-me-nots.

Seb was a child . . . full of joyful expectations.
A child who did not choose this world;
'tho born of a Spirit conceived to love . . . 
to love the . . . hell . . . out from her world.

gv 4.2015


(Note: This piece came out of seeing this fascinating photograph
by Sebastian Rich,  of Seb clinging to her Mother in a camp for displaced Nigerians.)

Link to this Photo of Seb and her Mother: 

Scroll down to Ninth Photo
Caption  :  A Nigerian child in a UNICEF clinic, who was finally on the road to a full recovery after suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Her unprompted smile filled my lens.

I would encourage everyone to visit the website of Sebastian Rich.  His heart-gripping photography is incredibly moving and of great importance. 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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  1. Date: 4/21/2017 1:55:00 PM
    Hello George V. I had teary eyes while reading this poem. It is a beautiful poem well written. A 7

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    Date: 4/21/2017 10:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello Darlene, it is rewarding when a poem like this touches someones heart. I appreciate your visit and gracious compliment. Thank you for the high mark. With gratitude. Regards, g
  1. Date: 4/8/2017 5:56:00 PM
    Quite beautiful and so sad. Incredible write, George!

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    Date: 4/8/2017 6:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Kim, Yes it is a sad story. I greatly appreciate your visit and kind comment. Take care, regards, g
  1. Date: 3/31/2017 4:09:00 PM
    To "love the ... hell" out of our world: a Jesus-kind of assignment. Other poets have eloquently praised your eloquence - along with Sebastian Rich's photography - on behalf of "the least of these [God's] children." 7 (if that's the top rating; okay make it 7007). shalom/Peace/Blessings, Anil Deo

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    Date: 3/31/2017 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anil, I see you discerned Seb's poetic epitaph in the last four lines; Born to love the "hell" of this world. Thank you for taking time read this piece, your heartening spiritual insight and high regard. May He keep you in His Peace! g
  1. Date: 3/31/2017 3:38:00 AM
    Absolutely amazing! Wow. Thank you so much for this beautiful piece. You worded it so well. It filled me with so many conflicting feelings....hope and sorrow. Incredible.

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    Date: 3/31/2017 11:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good day, Eileen. Great to hear from you. That Seb touched your heart is a warm hug felt , on this otherwise rainy day. Thanks so much for your gracious comments. Very encouraging! Dee sends you her warmest greetings. All the best! g/d
  1. Date: 3/28/2017 12:38:00 PM
    Your poem is incredible! 7+ Drew me to tears

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    Date: 3/28/2017 5:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Kim, thank you for reading this piece and feeling compassion for little Seb and many thousands like her. Many are born in these camps , only to die there. Your appreciation for her plight is very meaningful to me. Thank you for such a great compliment and high mark. All the best!
  1. Date: 3/26/2017 10:08:00 AM
    Thank you for your poem, and for the link. I added that plus your poem to my favourites.

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    Date: 3/26/2017 11:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Darren for such high regard for this piece, from a uniquely talented and kind souled poet as you are. I am very pleased and thankful. Take care, g
  1. Date: 3/23/2017 6:38:00 PM
    Powerful words packed with love and compassion. What a wonderful job of creating awareness. A well deserved 7+

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    Date: 3/23/2017 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Maria, thank you for your visit and very gracious compliments. I greatly appreciate your high regard for this piece. It means a lot to me. Wishing you all the best, g
  1. Date: 3/21/2017 4:40:00 PM

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    Date: 3/21/2017 5:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Robert. I was very reluctant to post this piece. It makes me feel good to think maybe I wrote something that did not diminish or trivialize the great hardships suffered by so many in these dehumanizing camps. I am deeply appreciative for your high regard for this write and your friendship. george
  1. Date: 3/20/2017 11:28:00 AM
    Your words are well chosen and convey their meaning well, allowing for a smooth flow of thoughts from line to line. Your words speak with the power of love striking a common cord and your mind set flows onto the page and we can communicate with your feelings. Very well written with surefooted conviction and humility filled with hope, dreams and love. Emile #7

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    Date: 3/20/2017 11:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Emile, I am truly overwhelmed and humbled by your very gracious response to this piece. I hoped to capture that inspiring , trusting look in her eyes. One who did not beg for love, but simply loved to love. We need to see faces like Seb's to soften our hearts. It is encouraging friends like you who temper my reluctance to share these writes. Thank you Emile. george
  1. Date: 3/20/2017 9:33:00 AM
    Simply powerful poetry, George. Words really can't do justice to the thought provoking theme of this soul-stirring poem. Great write. Love and peace to you.

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    Date: 3/20/2017 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Freddie. This was a heart-stirring write for me. I hope you linked to her photo. Her eyes will melt your heart. The dismal future of so many beautiful souls seems to be in the manipulative hands of those who cause so much havoc. I appreciate your kindness. All the best!
  1. Date: 3/17/2017 1:51:00 PM
    Hello George. Thank you for bringing awareness. Whenever I see things of this nature it is so upsetting. Bless these little angels and yes Seb. You are quite the humanitarian in this entry. Yes, I agree it is of great importance. Governments and politicians at their best (worst).

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    Date: 3/18/2017 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Lisa for your friendly visits and meaningful comments. This piece has no life in it without seeing Seb's photo. The depth of love and trust these children have , under the conditions they are born into, is humbling. How they are exploited to further political agendas in the name of "compassion" is inhuman. Your encouragement is always greatly appreciated, g
  1. Date: 3/15/2017 11:17:00 AM
    I saw these pictures and thought how terrible politicians can be. The Canadian Prime Minister want to spend 650 million dollars on abortions and leave these poor kids hungry and sick. Great poem George.

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    Date: 3/15/2017 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Victor for your compassionate reply. g