Rwanda

My son
is gone.
They took his little body
away,
in those big trucks,
with all the other,
bodies.
Where my son’s
spirit
has gone,
I do not know.
But,
I hope he is happy,
And healthy,
there.

Many
Lie dead,
Or dying,
All around me.
Soon,
I may join my son,
My full years
Never lived.

With
the dying of the light
Comes another group of
Soldiers
And doctors,
Who take the bodies away.

One of them
approaches me,
And lifts me up
with plastic covered
hands,
And bears me away.
I do not resist.
My body is not dead,
But my
Heart
and my
Soul
are as dead
As my husband,
and my
four little boys,
my babies.
I am glad
they are taking me
Away
So that my body
May die in peace,
And
join
the spirits of my husband
and children.
That is the only release
for me now,
In Rwanda.

By: Hazel PK

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