Day of the Disappeared

Amnesty International

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I’m demanding today

that you uncover their fate.

Citizens are disappearing;

you’re covering up.

Unscrupulous regimes

hiding their locations and

secreting them away

to unknown prison camps.

These people are speaking

and showing the truth

of governments who rule

with silencing oppression.

Human rights are

being trod on, people

live in distress, of the

harsh repercussions

for justifiable demands.

People worldwide

deserve honorable

treatment.  Living

lives of freedom

from fear and disappearing.

Your abduction of those

who show courage to

oppose, will soon be halted;

your power eliminated.

The world is watching.

We won’t forget their faces.

Stories of their lives

are being told even here.

We won’t stop until

there’s liberty for all.

It’s the least we can do for

our brothers and sisters.

So now we are campaigning

to find out the truth,

the Day of the Disappeared

is now in effect.

Light shown on your villainy

will soon reveal their site.

The world is watching.

We won’t forget their faces.

http://www.amnestyusa.org

My entry to the Poetry Picnic:  http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/

 

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  1. GREAT message. Important words. Thanks for making me think.

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  2. So strong and intense, a good write on a difficult subject.

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  3. There’s a great deal of power in this poem–force, I mean. It commands the reader’s attention like no other I’ve read of your poetry. It’s the perfect tone for the subject matter. Well done.

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    • I’m an advocate for Amnesty International that works to free prisoners of conscience around the world and hold governments accountable for mistreatment of their people. It’s a subject that gets my blood pumping!

      Thank you, Lorna–I appreciate your compliment.

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  4. A TRUE MESSAGE CONVEYED POETICALLY. I LOVE THIS

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  5. powerful voice…

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  6. This is a toughy, Gayle. Wish it weren’t all true. Well done on both moral and artistic counts.

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  7. A.B. Thomas

     /  September 3, 2011

    A brilliantly structured piece to highlight an often over looked issue in the global community – very slick

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    • There’s too many issues similar to this one going on all over the world. A real tragedy.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts, A.B.

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  8. very touching poem gayle. its a shame the way these power hungry governments work. true shame.

    what are the plans for your birthday?

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    • Yes, there’s way too many power-hungry and fearful governments who want to control their citizens. So, so sad.

      Oh, you remembered my birthday–it’s tomorrow–thank you, Trisha! I’m going to a dinner with my family for Indian food. My favorite! I wish you were here to join us. 🙂

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      • so do i. i have sent you a greetings card, do let me know when you get it, there is a letter in it too.

        you know the irritating system in india? to post a greetings card abroad we have to supply them contact number? how can they have the audacity of demanding such personal information so openly?

        no wonder antisocial elements thrive here so well.

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        • I look forward to that wonderful surprise, Trisha, and will let you know when I receive it. I’m so excited.

          That is irritating isn’t it. I would think the address would be good enough.

          I wish there was a way to communicate with you–but maybe that’s the way it must be for now. I miss our “chats”…

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          • Its a weird rule thats for sure. Say, suppose i want to send a greetings to Barrack Obama, cant i? Even if i am an insignificant citizen of world. then first i will have to get his cell number- wow!!!!! where are we leading this world? A person cant send another person a simple greeting without the governments poking their nose in it?

            a new sort of fascism in making?

            We can resume the chat any day in mycybernovels 🙂

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          • I would hope that people will rebel against that invasive requirement so it doesn’t get a stronghold in your society.

            I have sent messages to our President and also my state officials via emails. No phone numbers are required!

            Will see you soon at Cybernovels–I’m playing catch-up–I’ve gotten behind on some of my visits to people.

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          • i was talking about snail mail and courier, do they need phone numbers? here if we want to send a local courier they demand phone numbers, or else i dont think they will accept the consignment.

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          • do let me know after getting the card and the letter.

            lots of love.

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          • we both are playing catch up. i have been very busy last month, one of brother’s colleagues was staying with us, now they both are out on tour. so i too am catching up all the reading i have missed.

            i too miss the discussions we used to have in MCN.

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          • No, we do not need phone numbers for any type of mail that I know of from U.S. No phone number was requested for sending mail to you. And when my nephew was stationed in Iraq, I sent packages to him–no phone number was necessary.

            I will let you know as soon as I receive your card and letter. Don’t you worry about that! I can hardly wait. 🙂

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  9. nice one gayle.. 😉 poetry on humanity can be a powerful tool to expose true crimes..

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    • Thank you, Kris. Human rights are important to me. It’s the least I can do to help people become aware of what’s going on out there in some countries.

      Peace…

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  10. tight, bless those unfortunate.

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  11. a beautiful topic, thoughtfully crafted entry.

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  12. a powerful voice to be heard for all.

    thanks for sharing.

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  13. such a great message you tell and such important words that follow

    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/04/haggle-baggily/

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  14. divine message, well put.

    How are you today?

    Happy end of November!

    Appreciated your support to our poetry picnic,

    Hope to see you share today,

    A random poem or old poem will do the wonders too.

    Your talent rocks.

    Hope to see you in.

    xoxox

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    • I’m doing well, thanks. These holiday months seem to take me away from my blogging–I will contribute as I am able. Thank you for checking in with me. xoxo

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