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Stone, Shoes, Bone & Blues - by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

Dear World Pulse mates, the following poem is written for 'humanity' - to ignite a spark of the 'humanness' in our being.

No mistakes made here
these atrocities are precise
these people blown apart – burned alive
flesh and blood all mixed together
a sight no human being can grasp
and yet we take and take
desensitized to the sacred defamed
witness youth strap 30 ibs of
dynamite to sore bodies ’cause
we always return to what we know
and if that’s war
we return over and over to it
like an addicted lover -
sit at its feet to
remove – stone – shoes – bone and blues
don’t know what to do with the visions of blown up babies so we
lame tongues
which should protest
love those who cannot
love us – hate ourselves and become
obsessed with puzzles
shifting through the rubble – we ask:
where is the head that goes with this 8-year old shoulder?
shattered – this leg looks like it fits with this hip
this dead with that dead —

See! They were twin rings
on bloated purple hands
tired of accepting fear and calling it life
being resolute and getting over grief
to prepare for more grief
we return to what we know
year after year - the butchering of lives -unyielding
this time the murdered are those who survived the last time
and this time’s survivors are preparing for the next time
when fire shall rain down on heads bowed in prayer, rosary in hand.

Shh! We have nations to build, don’t we?

(Poem by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji)


Vweta's picture

This is Deep!

Thank you for sharing this, Very thought provoking yet it is the truth which may be too hard for most of us to bear.

Keep your faith up sister!

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SSD's picture

Thank you, Vweta !

Thank you, dear Vweta - for your thoughts !

Through solidarity, we shall rise and commence dialogue - 'tis the only way to bring forth (required) changes in social reforms.

Blessings and love,

Vweta's picture

We are with you dear Shaheen

Sending great thoughts and best wishes your way.

In Solidarity,

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Sharontina's picture


Unable to bear, those words are piercing throught the heart. Those pictures coming alive. The blood and body shattered on my face. I am unable to bear the pain, the sight of bloodshed.

I am kneeling down to pray.

Merlin Sharontina

SSD's picture

Thanks !

Dear Sharontina,

True that, my piece is unbearable to read, let alone rekindle such graphic images to the eye - but, we must dialogue on such issues that are glaringly painful - a united voice we must be for those whose tongues' have run dry !

In prayers and solidarity,

libudsuroy's picture

The graphic, visceral images

The graphic, visceral images are very powerful. This is a dark but cathartic anti-war, anti-violence hymn!

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

SSD's picture

Thanks !

Yes, I reckon the images to be hauntingly piercing - though we can-not un-see what we have seen, thus, we shall stand in solidarity to ignite dialogue and to evaluate certain social -global issues.

And, many blessings to you as well, dear friend. Thank you for visiting !

Aminah's picture

barbarity of human kind

atrocities of mankind.
how one can hurt another
for whatever cause.
beyond my understanding
how a nation can justify butchering another
how a human can stand and inflict pain to another

you have conjured up the images of the rubble left behind,
the limbs, the proof, the cold hard truth - the cruelty of humanity


SSD's picture

Indeed !

You said it, dear Aminah !

Your words have captured the essence of my poem rather profoundly ! And, I remember back in the days at Blood Ink blog, you always fathomed the spaces between my sentences -- thank you for leaving your thoughts, they mean much.
By the way, where are you these days? Have not heard from you for quite some time -- even Isha has been worried about you -- touch base yaara !

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