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'Survive' by Jacques Roche

This poem was written by a Haitian poet, journalist, activist Jacques Roche, who was killed six years ago. It's really beautiful, and I think the poem does justice to itself and its writer. I also think it poignantly depicts the struggle and triumph of women worldwide. Let it speak to you ...

Survive
by Jacques Roche

You can destroy my house
Steal my money
My clothes
And my shoes
Leave me naked in the middle of winter
But you cannot kill my dream
You cannot kill hope
You can shut my mouth
Throw me in prison
Keep my friends far from me
And sully my reputation
Leave me naked in the middle of the desert
But you cannot kill my dream
You cannot kill hope
You can put out my eyes
And burst my eardrums
Cut off my arms and legs
Leave me naked in the middle of the road
But you cannot kill my dream
You cannot kill hope
You can cover me with open sores
Poke an iron into the wounds
Take pleasure in torturing me
Make me piss blood
You can shut me away without pen or paper
Treat me like a madman
Drive me mad
Humiliate me
Crush me
Give me no food or water
Make me sign my surrender
But you cannot kill my dream
You cannot kill hope
You can kill my children
Kill my wife
Kill all those I hold dear
Kill me
But you cannot kill my dream
You cannot kill hope

*This post was originally composed for my blog, http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com.

Comments

Amei's picture

Touching...

Thank you fro sharing. It does shows the strength of a fighter. It does inspire...

I felt the pain while reading, yet felt the power of hope. It is beautiful.

Cheers
Amei

ruthibelle's picture

The real thanks

Well, the real thanks must go to Jacques Roche, who took the time to sit and verbalise these thoughts so eloquently. He gave his life in teh cause of freedom of speech. He's the real hero.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

amiesissoho's picture

It's worth reading

It's worth reading such inspirational things. Positive change agents are fighting on because nobody can kill their dreams.

Thanks for sharing.

Amie

ruthibelle's picture

No prob

Thanks for reading and commenting. i appreciate the thought.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

mirette's picture

The power of dreams

This is an amazing poem and very powerful, it shows the power of dreams and hope, it's what keeps us moving forward and challenging life.Thanks for sharing!

Mirette

ruthibelle's picture

Thanks for reading

Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

noelinekirabo's picture

Inspirational

Thank you, I am a fun of poetry and this is a real inspirational piece.
I am bound to share it
Have a great day my dear

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

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