Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Fates of Nations










To those who decide
the fates of nations
lives
loss
blood
life
and bone


To those who do nothing
but complain
about their

good 
life

To those who never go
without
in order to give to those
who do


To those who realize
precisely what one is doing
with every action
thought
breath
with their wailing tongue
and blackened heart
paying homage to
greed
power
money
and nothing remotely
humane


To those who think prayer
is pointless
and faith

is an empty well

I echo my forefathers
when they escaped from
one nation
just to be treated harshly
in another


Crossing waters
on wooden ships
with disease
rats
no food or shoes


I echo their cries
as their newborns died
in arms of Mothers
from hunger


When sons died
fighting
age 12
for their birthright


When finally
they landed
the ones who survived
and set foot upon land
just to be made slave


To those who do nothing
and sit 

complacent
apathetic 

and ignorant 

It is for you, I pray
For you.


From the mouths of those
you step on -


from the souls you crush 

daily -

from the cracked and bleeding mouths
of our people -


All people
That suffer.


They pray -

For those who decide

the fates of nations.


© Susan Marie 


* Papa Francisco asked to bring peace to those who decide the fates of nations. Now that's righteous.



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