And they cried

And they cried

A Poem by Laura E. Aranda

dedicated to anti-trafficking Human trafficking/slavery awareness in America Shine a light on slavery abolitionist movement 2015


And they cried           

And they cried and sang a song of slavery

Over 18,000 people are trafficked in the U.S each year but are not identified as victims

                And they cried and their cry came up to God by reason of bondage

Your prayer should be, “Lord, where do I fit into this battle?”

And they cried and God heard their groanings

Your prayer should be, “Lord, where do I fit into this world

Too painful

Too bizarre

Too shadowed to even see?”

And they cried and God remembered them

Look now, what do you see?

Remove your shoes of apathy

Step now into this modern day Exodus

Turn aside to see…what do you see?

And they cried and God looked upon them

Deliverance awaits concealed in a burning bush

Salvation unconsumed

Locked in a moment -In a choice- In a decision

And they cried and God appeared in a burning experience and saw a man

God has seen the sorrow of the oppressed

Be the voice for those who have not found their voice

Say, “Here am I”

Let the Salvation of many call unto you

Let my people go!

And they cried and God called and beckoned from the bush

Let him send you as he sent Moses of old

Let my people go!

Leave a legacy in this world

Sing a new song

Drown out the old verses of slavery

Songs like:

Let my people go!

You are worthy

You are strong

You are beautiful

You are loved

You deserve so much better than this

So much more than this

You were born an innocent child


Let my people go!

And they cried a song of slavery

Rise up! Rise up now!

Put off your sandals of apathy and unawareness.

Let these songs be whispers into the ears of our youth as they too begin to light a fire and define their Future with their voices

Let my people go!

And they cried and God sent forth a deliverer

Let my people go!

Be that deliverer



You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.


© 2015 Laura E. Aranda

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Awareness and a fight to save the people in human bondage yet still the underground has their way of escaping the truth and justice of the world still a fight for human rights and freedom.

Posted 7 Years Ago

I think this is amazing. I like the term modern day Exodus. And I could be wrong but I can kind of see how you're saying that things never stop happening, they just keep going on disguised as something else but they are no different. Very good job.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on February 24, 2015
Last Updated on February 24, 2015
Tags: spoken word, human trafficking, abolitionist, slavery awareness


Laura E. Aranda
Laura E. Aranda


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. Rumi You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. ~Navajo Proverb One of my favorite po.. more..