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In Afghanistan landmines are the color
of candy wrappers
and children,
dirty hands and eager faces
reach for them
they way i reach for each of you
their innocence and hope
result in loss of limb
and death

when the sun drops in the sky
and dark blankets our home
we can't see the mines
often i hear them detonate
when a word is trapped

when a mine detonates
one must stand perfectly still
so i am afraid to move

i look only for shelter
and solace
i retreat inside and out
hiding from the explosions
covering ears, eyes
and heart
for there are still old scars there
and i protect it the way we want to
protect children from mines

i live in a battlefield and
i've lost the energy to play UN
to mediate

instead, it is safe in my room
and my little garden
where plants whisper
and never yell
where music is only as loud
as i need it to be
to drown out the voices
and the tick tick tick
tick tick tick
of landmines
buried in our home

There are landmines in our home
step gently.
They were left there from old words
speak softly.

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gnosticelf
Sep. 12th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
*hugs*
*shakes pom-poms*

Hang in there, beautiful. We've got your back!
melissamuse
Sep. 12th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: *hugs*
thank you. you know your pom poms make me laugh!
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don't fear death
melissamuse
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)

Roma

wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World

Rombase

Rroma

Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
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