This poem was written by a Haitian poet, journalist, activist Jacques Roche, who was killed six years ago. It's really beautiful, and I think the poem does justice to itself and its writer. I also think it poignantly depicts the struggle and triumph of women worldwide. Let it speak to you ...

Survive by Jacques Roche

You can destroy my house Steal my money My clothes And my shoes Leave me naked in the middle of winter But you cannot kill my dream You cannot kill hope You can shut my mouth Throw me in prison Keep my friends far from me And sully my reputation Leave me naked in the middle of the desert But you cannot kill my dream You cannot kill hope You can put out my eyes And burst my eardrums Cut off my arms and legs Leave me naked in the middle of the road But you cannot kill my dream You cannot kill hope You can cover me with open sores Poke an iron into the wounds Take pleasure in torturing me Make me piss blood You can shut me away without pen or paper Treat me like a madman Drive me mad Humiliate me Crush me Give me no food or water Make me sign my surrender But you cannot kill my dream You cannot kill hope You can kill my children Kill my wife Kill all those I hold dear Kill me But you cannot kill my dream You cannot kill hope

*This post was originally composed for my blog, http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com.

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Thank you fro sharing. It does shows the strength of a fighter. It does inspire...

I felt the pain while reading, yet felt the power of hope. It is beautiful.

Cheers Amei

Well, the real thanks must go to Jacques Roche, who took the time to sit and verbalise these thoughts so eloquently. He gave his life in teh cause of freedom of speech. He's the real hero.

Love, Ruthibelle ruthibelle.blogspot.com

This is an amazing poem and very powerful, it shows the power of dreams and hope, it's what keeps us moving forward and challenging life.Thanks for sharing!

Mirette