they have taken the girls

I don’t watch a lot of news, but somewhere along my spectacularly bad day yesterday I saw this story about the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria and it devastated me. For the girls of Chibok and their families.

How will I be happy
They took all the girls
They have taken our children
And no one has rescued them

How will I be happy
They came in your uniform
With lies, god and guns
And each day is silence

Who will redeem us
Where are our warriors
They stole away our babies
And no one has rescued them

Some trickled home
Rain drops in a drought
We go mad with thirst
The sky has gone clear

We hunt our girls
Bows against bullets
Seeking their fires
In all four directions

We cannot search heaven
For this precious blackness
We cannot search hell
For this sacred body

How will I be happy
Their names crowd my mouth
Their dreams ache my sleep
Does my daughter weep

How will I be happy
Crawl inside this grief
With this reaping of girl child
They have taken our joy

Author: Adrienne

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Indian activist Gandhi led many peaceful rebellions against oppressive governments, first in South Africa and later in British-controlled India. At first he called his strategy "passive resistance," but later disavowed that term because it had negative implications. He ultimately chose the Sanskrit word satyagraha, meaning "love force" or "truth force." "Truth ('satya') implies love," he said, "and firmness ('agraha') is a synonym for force. 'Satyagraha' is thus the force which is born of truth and love." According to my reading of the astrological omens, Virgo, satyagraha should be your word of power in the coming weeks. Your uprising against the forces of darkness has got to do more than say "no." A fierce, primal yes should be at the heart of your crusade.

One thought on “they have taken the girls”

  1. Thank you, Adrienne. I am so frustrated at how little coverage there has been on this tragedy.

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