Conscience

I’m re-posting a favorite poem of mine that supports the choice to help others who are being unfairly prosecuted across the globe.  A serious plight for many who simply speak out against their government’s intolerance and tyranny of their people.  Many are imprisoned or killed for simply standing up and voicing an opinion. I am a member of Amnesty International.

Gayle ~ 

Don’t speak up and see what transpires when you don’t add your voice to atrocities seen. 

Don’t speak out when outraged and incensed, then the outrage will be that your silence was kept.

Prisoners of conscience don’t have a say, their rights have been taken and many enslaved.

There’s many held captive, tortured and raped– stand up against these injustices before it’s too late.

Our lives are filled with everyday scenes where societies are crumbling but we won’t hear the screams.

Too many turn a blind eye and ears deafened by choice, what a shame, what a tragedy– what is our unease?

People worldwide are needlessly dying, by the tainted hands of corruption. We can stop it; we can help through all of us uniting.

Speak out, join forces with all others who care and write letters of protest opposing all tyranny.

Open your eyes, don’t look away– your compassion is desperately needed. So unlock your heart and don’t delay, join Amnesty International–before the end of this day.

http://www.amnesty.org/ Brian Miller over at dVerse Poets asks us to write on our choices:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/06/09/poetics-its-a-matter-of-choice/

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  1. amen. i love activist poems that get people to move and do something…even raise awareness that there are atrocities taking place all over the world right now…and if we dont use our voice…we will lose it…they need our voices…love this stanza…

    Prisoners of conscience
    don’t have a say,
    their rights have been taken
    and many enslaved

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  2. You’re right. I don’t know if Amnesty International can stop it all–but greater and greater awareness much help. These things don’t much like the sunlight. k.

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  3. Like how you turn the outrage around in the second stanza–the directness of the poem is very effective.

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    • I’ve written many a letter to voice my opinion to governments who treat their people with such inhumanity. My voice has gotten stronger and more direct because of it. Thanks for your kind comment and visit.

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  4. you are fire and flame and i really like the passion in this.. def. a good choice to join a movement like amnesty international and raise the voice of awareness

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    • This kind of thing does bring out my passion. I’m outraged over the inhumane actions against so many. I appreciate your comment, Claudia.

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  5. A powerful write…

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  6. Yes these prisoners need a voice. There is so much injustice in countries all over the world. Even in the free world, we are only as free as the powers that be allow us to be. The only true freedom is in our own minds. This is a deep and moving write. Well said!

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    • AI has brought about the release of many prisoners of conscience by members writing letters demanding their release and letting governments know that we’re watching what they do. We have to be on guard with our own government too…it often tries to infringe on our rights. Thanks!

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  7. Yes, a powerful write. I see why it’s one of your favourites.

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  8. An impassioned and powerful plea, Gayle. At your behest, I just tried joining Amnesty, but got stuck in a loop at the password stage. Will take another look later but ‘Thank You’ anyway, for bringing this to our attention :)

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    • I feel very passionate about these situations. Thanks for giving it a try, Jacqueline…I hope you’ll try again. :)

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  9. I like your voice here, full of passion and desire to right the wrongs and injustices. We need to speak out or else be silenced ~ Thanks for the re-posting ~

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    • We must reach out to those who have lost their rights…progress is made when many join together for the common good. Thank you, Grace!

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  10. hedgewitch

     /  June 10, 2012

    Couldn’t agree more–it takes unified outrage, but more importantly *acting* on that outrage, to bring accountability to Power, which it desparately needs today more than ever. I especially liked these lines:
    Don’t speak out
    when outraged and incensed,
    then the outrage will be
    that your silence was kept.

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    • Yes, action is the key..can’t just sit around and feel bad about things…must take some action..it does help. Thanks for adding your thoughts here, Joy..I appreciate that.

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  11. Gayle, this poem is so very powerful in its message… And my heart goes out to all of those who suffer for their beliefs … Yes people world wide are dying needlessly.. This is a wonderful contribution Gayle.. and this cause is such an important one for all of mankind…
    Thank you for highlighting it in such a compassionate way Gayle.. Sue xx

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    • Of course your heart goes out to all those suffering…it’s such a sweet one, Sue. Thanks for sharing your positive thoughts with me.

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  12. i’m an animal activist. i don’t know how people can live with themselve when there is so much injustice and pain in the world

    Princess Vadar

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    • I’ve been an animal activist for years too..one reason why I became a vegetarian as a teenager. I can’t figure out the need to dominate someone…or an animal…with abuse and inhumane treatment. It’s totally foreign to me.

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  13. Ouch! That was like a punch to the gut when looking the other way. Sometimes, its just plain easier to look the other way and allow apathy in. Thankfully, there are people in this world who don’t allow that to happen.
    Great piece on the injustice that surrounds us daily but we ‘choose’ not to see.

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    • Yes, I know it’s easier sometimes to look the other way..but we have the choice not to also…up to each individual to choose. Thanks, Tino..I appreciate your remarks.

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  14. yes, it is hard to read the paper daily, and these are just a few of the “news worthy” battles and injustices that occur…part of our mission eh?

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  15. So much injustice in so many areas.

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  16. Very ell said, Gyale. With all of the hormones they are putting into these animals it doesn’t make sense to want to eat it. This should be a poster.
    Right on – girlfriend

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    • Don’t get me started on animal abuse…oh, gosh..such pain. Thanks so much, Izzy…love your support! xoxo

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  17. Sigh . . . and it all just goes on. Some folks tell me they’re in compassion overload. I think we each need to pick a cause or two and focus … on the upside there is always some good news out there too.

    This was a fine poem the first time you published it and it still is. I’m glad you posted it again, Gayle. Thanks you …

    … and many blessings.
    Jamie

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    • I can feel overloaded too and have taken on just a couple of causes that I can get behind with my limited energy and support. No use spreading yourself too thin…right? That’s not compassionate! :)

      I appreciate your support, Jamie…many thanks. In metta..

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  18. ‘the outrage will be
    that your silence was kept.’

    I just joined, Gayle…something I should’ve done long ago!

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    • Yay! So glad to hear that you joined, Diane. Sometimes it doesn’t take much effort to bring about meaningful changes in people’s lives.

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  19. Thanks for posting this, Gayle! I’m already a member, but it’s always good to find more people willing to help!

    Your poem reminds me of two other pieces, “First they came…” by Martin Niemöller
    and the quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph of Evil is that Good men do nothing” by Edmund Burke.

    I do agree with Jamie, though, that maybe we should all pick a few causes and focus…I am spread entirely too thinly by not doing that…but there are just so MANY causes that need people to fight for them. Thanks for being one of those who fights and doesn’t stay silent. :)

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    • Happy to hear that you’re a member, Corina. I know better than to spread myself too thin…it doesn’t work for me. But Amnesty International and the International Campaign for Tibet are the two that I am most focused on at this time. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me… and you’re welcome! xoxo

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