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Do you know who SHE is?

This was written for a Femicide art exhibit in March of 2009. Things have not changed, only are getting worse. Women are beaten, raped, killed and maimed just because they are women and thought of less, without value, not worthy. These women could be any one of us or our family members at any time. My Mission is to bring all women together for us to educate and make the world aware of the value and importance of women to this earth.

Do you know who SHE is?

Her footprints are covered in red blood
her knees are covered in scrapes that will never heal
her fingernails
carry the DNA of her murderer
that will never be found

The screams scrape against the crisp air
then shatter into a thousand shards of silence
as they cut through the earths surface
and bring tears to Mother Earth

DO you know who SHE is?

The wind passes her by
brushing her hair
dusting her face
as she lay still

The cries are captured by ghostly dust devils
that dance across the dessert floor
then are plucked in mid step
by throny scrub brushes
and ripped into shreds
as they go unanswered

Do you know who SHE is?

Copywritten By Mia

Comments

William62's picture

Helping Women to Move Forward

This poem reminds me of the horrors of the 92 - 95 Bosnian war. I once met a woman who was so unable to live a normal life because of one moment in time that she couldn't forget, much less forgive herself for not standing up to avoid the horrors that were happening around her.

She was asked by a paramilitary leader to identify where the persons of a different ethnic background lived. She pointed out her neighbor, whom she had lived in peace since birth, even though she knew the evil persons asking for this information had only death and destruction on their minds.

10 years later, she couldn't live with herself because she had heard the screams, and seen the results of the brutality of ethnic cleansing. She knew families were torn apart because she had not been able to stand up to the bullies. But she couldn't accept what took place would have happened no matter what she had said or done.

Overcoming these horrors isn't easy. Reconciliation requires all parties to have the willingness to admit reality of situations, beg and give forgiveness, and move forward to achieve peaceful outcomes together.

nilima's picture

thank u for sharing this to

thank u for sharing this to us Mia, really loved this piece with the story of the pain and unheard and unrevealed voice!!

Beautiful yet scarring poem .... world can be such a dangerous place for women and children sometimes ... we just need to be strong when things like this happen. Peace to everyone n stay safe ...

Much love
Shristi

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