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The Broken Heart

Who are you violence? While an anti value;
«JEURI» is thy name in Swahili;
Where are you from?
What country are you a citizen?

You have a power that destroys, a force that devours;
Woe to you, you’re a social monster;
a scourge which blights our society;

Violence, you have caused distress and grief;
As if that was not enough,
Our families you have depleted and our villages decimated.
You are ruthless;

The trauma you’ve created has dehumanized us;
Therefore my friends, the nation annihilated;
Therefore, my brothers as a result;
There are couples who break up;
And so as a result, my pair: isolation, despair, depression;
Accordingly, therefore, dear compatriots;
It led a society in crisis, without justice nor law;
Therefore, comrades, that is a dying society;
Accordingly, therefore human fellows;
This is a community that is raped and abused as
rapists will;

But where are you violence?
Source of our unhappiness;
Where are you, that I curse you;
Where are you, that I stone you;
Where are you, so that I crush you;

Because of you, households have no accommodation, no heat;
Because of you, fathers are humiliated;
children without smiling;

Really, who created violence?
Cursed be the breasts that nourished thee;
Where are you that I entomb you without sorrow;
Die off, your place is in hell;
Away, so that women live again;
Away, go - to hell with thee, for the rebirth of DRC.

Comments

Tiffany Purn's picture

Beautiful and Powerful

Anne,

This is absolutely beautiful and powerful. Thanks for sharing.

With love, Tiffany

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

MY REACT

YOU ARE WONDERFUL

ANNE

Kim Crane's picture

Thank you

Anne, this is such a moving poem. I don't know either where violence comes from, but I hope that your fierce and passionate words will drive it further and further away from our families, communities, and children as you so beautifully write about.

Thank you for sharing your strong, clear voice.

Kim

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

thanks

you are wonderful
Together we are strong

ANNE

William's picture

violence

Dear Anne,
I have often wondered how violence started and how it become acceptable. Your letter has helped me to answer those questions. You heal with the devastating harm done by violence and I totally agree. Please keep writing and posting, your voice must be heard to cause the change needed for love and peace to blossom.
William

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

thanks

I believe that together, overcoming violence and other human rigth abuse is possible.
Thank you a lot for your encouragement.

ANNE

William's picture

violence

Dear Anne, I neglected to say that with access to the Internet women aren't ever alone. Sharing about domestic violence is very important, as you have pointed out in your poem. I want you to know that I'm praying every morning that God will protect you and all women in the DR Congo. This violence must stop--and you need to keep on posting and sharing.
William

SSD's picture

Profound!

Dear Anne,

Your composition expands the humanness in being a human -- such a powerful testimony you have manifested !
The poem instantly infuses an energy into the veins with the most humane aspects of being human.

In solidarity, I stand with you, my African mate! ( I, too, hail from Tanzania!). Keep penning -- 'tis meaningful.

Cheers,
Shaheen

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

toute ma sympathie

All my gratitude. As you mentionne it, your words infuse a special energy into my veins by giving a strong breath to go more further for rising.
Many thanks

ANNE

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

ALL MY THINKS

Oh yes, "C'est de l'abondance du cœur que la bouche parle" dit-on;
Thank you for being violence sensitif, thank you for your interst towards Congo's situation, thank you for supporting us in our fight, thank you for encourage us...

Rising voice is my usuel food, rising is the commitment that i took until violence stoped in Easten of DRC, until democracy are set up, until change comes...

Together, the change is certain.

(i'm so sorry for my bad english

ANNE

Soumya Vilekar's picture

Intense and the truth

It was the intense truth that reflected and spoke through your words. I could see and feel the gravity of pain such violence has afflicted on all women. Your words and thoughts travel deep down and make us think what and where it actually originated from?
Thanks for sharing the touching thoughts
Best wishes,
Soumya

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

without comment

"C'est de l'abondance du cœur que la bouche parle" thank you for being so moved by those simples words. We believe that our voice will be heard par decisions makers worldwide.

Thank you for encourage us

ANNE

busayo's picture

YES! YES!! YES!!!

Together we stone violence, Together we will crush violence and we will stop violence against women and humanity and it will never be able to raise its ugly head again.
VICTORY AGAINST VIOLOENCE IS CERTAIN SISTER ANNE!!
Thank you for your strong words!

With Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Your creatively put together piece sends a strong message about why violence must seize to exist. You got me thinking about the kind of beautiful and peaceful world that would exist when violence is completely edged out. May your voice be heard in ways that will birth the much desired change.

In solidarity,
Green Girl

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

OH YES "It is the abundance

OH YES
"It is the abundance of the heart that the mounth tell about"

"C'est de l'abondance du cœur que la bouche parle

Merci

ANNE

Frances Faulkner's picture

Disciplining Violence

Anne,

Oh your poem has so much weight. I love how you humanize and name violence so that we have the ability to talk to it, challenge it, chide it - to filter away some of its power by not giving it more power than it deserves. We can rid ourselves of terrible things if we don't feel overwhelmed by them, and you are allowing us that way of looking at things with your strong and careful words. Beautifully done!
Keep it up.

Warmly, Frances

MWAMINI's picture

your poem is préoupante and

your poem is préoupante and right to be commented much by Congolese women.
ourage moms and peace to you.

Mwaminievelyne

Evelyne

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

you are wonderful

you are wonderful

ANNE

Dear sisters and brothers;

Je ne pouvais m'imaginer un seul instant que cette modeste réflexion suscite au tant d'émotion en vous. Je m'incline devant toutes ses âmes qui s'écrient au tant que nous contre ce fléau ravageur...
Nous n'avons d'autres mots que ceux ci pour mettre à la place publique ce que nous ressentons comme douleur.

Ensemble nous vaincrons

ANNE

antonia.h.'s picture

I really enjoyed your poem,

I really enjoyed your poem, it's very touching! I liked how you personified violence, as if it's a force acting on its own, independently. Sometimes it does seem as if it's superhuman, something outside the control of people, but then it amazes us that it's people similar to us that use violence. Just a thought...
Thank you for the poem! Stay strong!

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

Toute ma reconnaissance

Oh yes Atonia,
That is why we are facing violence
With your support, we will stay strong.

ANNE

HOPE tOWELA's picture

POWERFULL WORDS

This is so powefull, Violence should come to an end go away you violence you have no place in society.

We support you.

Hope.TMT

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

Toute ma reconnaissance

Je ne m'en doute pas un seul instant.
Together, overcoming violence is possible

ANNE

HOPE tOWELA's picture

YES I AGREE

I agree with you my sister, let us not give up.

Hope.TMT

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

THANK YOU. Together we can

THANK YOU. Together we can

ANNE

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

That is truth and thank you

That is truth and thank you

ANNE

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

thanks

Thank you for supporting us

ANNE

irmia's picture

Beautiful

It's beautiful how you explain the impact of violence. It touches my heart :)

Mia

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

thanks; it's the abundence of

thanks;

it's the abundence of the heart that the mounth tell about. That is why we face violence every day

ANNE

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