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Description: This poem explores silence as being a companion through a Karen refugee’s journey, and ends with a keynote looking into the future.

Silence

It was the laughter,
It rang through the corridors of my heart.
It was the fragrance,
Sandalwood dimples; smiling wide apart.
It was the sound of identity.

It was the farm,
The cockerel crowing at dawn.
It was the roof,
Few holes, from which the rain would fall.
It was the sound of dignity.

Bombs. Blood.
Deafening cries.
Bullets. Murder.
In front of my eyes.
No hope. No future.
Run for your lives.
It was the sound of war.

Darkness. Death.
Poverty. Hunger.
Doubt. Fear.
In the jungle we slumber.
Lights out.
Be still.
The enemy is near.
Lights out.
Be still.
The enemy is always here.
And then there was silence.

How long will these lips be sealed?
When children cry of hunger.
How long will these eyes face deceit?
When women are raped; slaughtered.
How long these ears you will shield
Witness; the suffering of your brother.

One day, our plight will be heard.
One day, our rights will be earned.
One day, we will gain victory.
It will be the sound of freedom.
And then there will be no silence.



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Timpani_Queen said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm:
Simply..... BEAUTIFUL. It makes an image in your head. It shows people to stop complaining about their "tough" life, because people have it worse. I salute you for making this. Write on!
 
Shilpita replied...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm :
thanks a lot :) I am often inspired to write on the social injustices of our world. 
 
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IamtheshyStargirlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm:
This is beautiful, moving, it has such a purpose, such a story. 
 
Shilpita replied...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm :
thanks a lot for your comment and support - i appreciate it a lot
 
Shilpita replied...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm :
thanks a lot for the support and comment  - it means a lot 
 
IamtheshyStargirlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm :
You are very welcome, you remind me of a lot of the people that work with Help International.
 
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