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We Can All Hear The Voices

We Can All Hear The Voices

A Poem by KWP


and on the inhale 

stop!! 

calm your mind 

listen 


you too can hear 


hear 

voices of those 

cast-out

displaced

lost 

better off forgotten 

dead


as you wait in line 

for your daily coffee 

p a u s e 


for you too can hear 


as you buy new clothes 

keeping up with fashion 

check-in with yourself 

before you check-out 


for you too can hear 


as you throw away 

uneaten scraps 

lapse a moment in the task

linger there


for you too can hear 


as you embrace your loved ones 

in routine and commonplace 

hold fast

take a moment longer 

make it last 


for you too can hear


hear 

voices of those 

cast out 

displaced

lost 

better off forgotten

dead 



“my mother was shot right in front of me in our village, she dropped to the ground, they see I was about to scream but the bullets hit my body first I fell on top of my mother”  Girl, 6, Boko Haram, Nigeria


“stolen away from all I knew, a gun to my head, raped, raped, raped, raped, something hard pressing on my skull, a boot, the butt of a rifle, dead” Girl 16 Nigeria


"I sat on my father's lap, he was watching the news of the war, he screamed at the television, I saw a lot of broken houses on the pictures the television was showing, then the picture went fuzzy and I heard a screeching noise, the bomb landed, right on my house' Boy 5 Palestine


“my mother gathered us up, she said we had to leave, otherwise we would be killed by the bad men, why did the bad men want to kill us? we walked, I became weak, too weak for life, I died on the side of the road” Boy 3 Syria


“on a boat, out at sea, too many people, no food, water, too much water, can’t swim, can’t breathe in the water - drowned at sea” Boy 14 Myanmar 


“it was too dangerous where I was living, my father sold everything to pay for a better life for my sister and me, we got into the back of a truck, we headed for America, my sister would look after me, we stopped I heard sirens, i was scared, so scared, my sister held my hand, everything in the back of the truck was black, there were lots of people packed into the truck, all of us trying to find a better life, i didn’t want to leave my mother and father, my father promised it was for the best, when the truck stopped I heard people crying, silent crying because we were told not to make a noise of else we would be put on fire, somebody must have made a noise, I was put on fire”  Girl with Sister 11 & 16 Mexico


“why am I dead now?” 


Lost children of the world were never given a chance or an answer of why?



maybe

just maybe 

if we all learn to 

hear the voices 

of those 

cast out

displaced

lost 

but not forgotten


maybe

just maybe 

we can learn

together

just how to 

make this world 

a better place



XXX


© 2015 KWP



Author's Note

KWP
I would love some real raw and honest thoughts here please :) X

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Dear goodness, dear God, this makes thought and tears irrelevant.. tis one of the most powerful posts I've ever read in the Cafe!

Dear you, you've not put a foot wrong in putting together this moving tribute.. cos that's what it is. Every word weeps for those millions of children worldwide who've suffered, who suffer and more than tragically will CONTINUE to suffer at the hands of the evil that grows and grows on our planet.

Ok, have to stop. Crying.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

R Smith

3 Years Ago

I'd just like to but in and echo every word of Emmajoy, the evil grows every day, all we have are te.. read more
KWP

3 Years Ago

Dear You and You (Boss) it is people like you two who make this world a better place and I am lucky .. read more
R Smith

3 Years Ago

Thank you Bossette, you know me so well despite distance and time, one day this world will be that b.. read more



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I’ve been tugging at my thoughts about your piece “Voices” a bit.
I think I have some understanding of your intention – through the mundane things of our easy, unthinking, self-absorbed daily existence to elevate consciousness of the suffering going on, virtually all around us. If we could just stop and listen and tune in to a reality of a dark side of human existence and then do something about it...
I am looking for a condensed but feverishly potent slap, a grabbing-by-the-lapels-and-shaking that requires the pause, the tilting of the head to listen but I’m not feeling the intensity of that as much. Don’t get me wrong, the examples you document are great, but perhaps there is a way to interweave the examples with the contrasting unthinking existence that you aptly illustrate.
Perhaps there are ways to strengthen the last two stanzas. Perhaps make it more of an imperative, and less of a maybe (although the maybe acknowledges a weakness of commitment on the part of those who should tune in, who should listen, who should take action).
I like the general outlay. The hush, and then listen. It might be OK to leave of the “for” in “for you can hear” and transition to “you CAN hear”. I might consider changing “better off forgotten” to something like “needlessly forgotten” or “casually forgotten” or something like that.
Just thoughts to pass your way. Use or delete as you like. I hope some may be of some use.


Posted 3 Years Ago


KWP

3 Years Ago

hey thanks for taking the time to come back much appreciated and also you make some valid points. Yo.. read more
A moving piece. Leaves me feeling uncomfortable, as it should.

In my own disquieting cynicism, I cannot help but to wonder if the seemingly genetically-imbued human cynicism that asserts that, “things have always been this way, always will be this way” can undergo genetic modification but in a manner that is above suspicion, unlike what we do with some agricultural crops. Can we inject into the human experience such things as universal compassion, kindness, empathy, and mercy and realize the ultimate human potential of actually reducing human suffering?

Your piece might be the start of the genetic engineering program.

I like it. It is novel. Back later with any thoughts I might have on structure, etc.


Posted 3 Years Ago


KWP

3 Years Ago

oh hey there and thanks so much for your thoughts :)

i look forward to some more - i.. read more
wowwwww, Kay!! this is so very very beautiful!! I am at a loss for words! I am sharing this on my facebook, twitter, tumblr and wordpress accounts, (all usernames daninstockholm btw) so it can be read by everyone I know,,

Posted 3 Years Ago


KWP

3 Years Ago

you are too kind :)))) - ps I found you on twitter X
A chilling piece about facts going on in this world. For these children, prayers are not enough! Valentine

Posted 3 Years Ago


Honest thoughts are tearful and so needed in this modern time...the world is aching and mankind seldom stop to hear the echoes on the breeze, for it carries the lament of many souls and we could hear, if we wanted to, empathy is not lost, nor compassion, humanity just seem too involved in the material to realise and accept the unbearable...this gutted me and rightly so, in such times we need to be alert and aware and feel other's pain in order to remain humble and real...the structure is perfect, visceral and poignant hon xo

Posted 3 Years Ago


I found this hard to read and my real raw and honest thought is that how awfully we have let those children down, how we seem intent on destroying the future of this lovely planet.. Always, whenever I see and read of such tragedy, I truthfully cry, not just for the suffering of the children, but for the future of mankind. How we can create such beauty, (music, poetry, Rodin's 'The kiss,) yet be so cruel to our fellows, remains utterly beyond me.

I wrote a poem recently called Feed the birds. Different in structure to this, but I asked the same question.

Beccy.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Vary nice story!
Well done!

Posted 3 Years Ago


KWP

3 Years Ago

you didn't make me mad at all :) I would just like to see you write a review that tells me what you .. read more
Emily

3 Years Ago

Ok, usually I don't say what I don't like because some people don't like that, but I will for you if.. read more
KWP

3 Years Ago

I just want and appreciate reviews I know people have put thought into ... We can all learn from eve.. read more
A haunting tribute to those children that are suffer all over the world. I can hear those voices, and they are heartbreaking.

Julie

Posted 3 Years Ago


This very heart breaking to read but do is watching the news, reading the paper...
Very sad that this is happening around the world while we squabble over trivial things.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I'am just speechless. This is also our world we're living in. To hard and full of injustice. I can hear the voices too and it breaks my heart. :) Rudi

Posted 3 Years Ago



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