Until she Stops Wailing

Posted November 17, 2013 from Cameroon

Mother Earth is wailing, her elements are shedding visible tears and rebelling Hurricanes,floods,earthquakes,economic meltdowns and wars are her tears Until she stops wailing,the world will know no peace A child who says his mother will know no peace, will know no peace A child who strikes his mother will be struck by misery A child who turns his back on his ailing mother has turned his back on his blessings

If you keep cutting her clitoris with that razor If you keep ironing her breast with that hot stone If you keep disgracing and tormenting her in the name of widowhood rituals If you keep lashing her body with that whip and punching her with your fist If you keep spilling her blood and disfiguring her face If you keep raping her and paying no attention to her inner and outer bruises If you keep depriving her of the right to education and leadership If you keep impregnating her,despite the 12 babies she has borne for you If you keep killing her children with guns and bombs If you keep depriving her of the right to own the land she tills day and night to feed nations If you keep allowing her to die while bringing forth life and desecrating her dead body in the name of tradition She will never stop wailing and until she stops wailing, the world will NEVER know peace

Continue holding the meetings Continue convening the conferences Continue drafting the documents Continue shutting down governments Continue counting the victims for the sake of counting CONTINUE,CONTINUE,CONTINUE As she wails every day and night, we all shall continue languishing in our different troubles Until she stops wailing, the world will know no peace and YOU TOO will know no peace

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  • Jana Potter
    Dec 02, 2013
    Dec 02, 2013

    This is an amazing contribution to a crucial dialog. I was cheering when reading it. Could you hear me?

  • Kim Crane
    Jan 10, 2014
    Jan 10, 2014

    Wow. The urgency of this poem hits me in the deepest parts of my being. Thank you for leading this battle cry!

  • hanasazi
    Apr 26, 2014
    Apr 26, 2014

    This is such a raw and powerful cry for peace, coming from an experience that not many in the States even know exists. Thank you for speaking out with such beautifully crafted words! Please keep writing, you're brilliant!