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  1.  Prison

by Huda Orfali
Friday, July 21, 2006
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As the violence in the Middle East is intensifies, an imminent humanitarian crisis is in the making in Lebanon.
So far at least 330 people have been killed, half a million people have been displaced, and the numbers are increasing by the minute.


She trudges along leaving behind
Her dead sons and a daughter.
She trudges along leaving behind
Images of immane slaughter.

She trudges along leaving behind
Memories of her childhood.
She trudges along leaving behind
Her home and her neighborhood.

She trudges along leaving behind
Her home and her loved ones.
She trudges along leaving behind
Her husband and butchered sons.

Tanks fired and soldiers came
Men were fleeing in a hurry.
The village was set aflame
Little feet were sent to scurry.

The Exodus continues; people die
An old man and a newborn babe
Spirits soared toward the sky
They found no other escape.

She trudges along leaving behind
Her dreams and her destroyed home.
She’s there to remind the world,
The message was death not ‘Shalom’

2006 Huda Orfali
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From Israel with Love
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Reviewed by J M 8/14/2006
Another very powerful read of the worlds wars and deaths as they build and pile up mans genecide.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/24/2006
Rights and wrongs, aggressors and victims, war-mongers and doves, the simple truth is that war stamps the lives of thousands with its bombblast shells and rifle butts and leaves horror, disgust and a sense of powerlessness in it's wake of death and pain. Totally agree with the consensus that war is a human evil but, perhaps equally to blame are the rest of us who wring our hands and do nothing to call for those "in charge" and those in positions of influence to work purposefully in whatever ways it takes to bring about a semblance of peace - however fragile. Life IS fragile and it and the world needs to be handled with care. We are all accountable. Racial and religious conflicts may be the start of wars, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they are tactically sustained... and economically managed by those whose real job it is to intervene. The whole of life is political and the future of the world hangs in the balances of power. Bless you and your family and people, Huda: here is where the rubber hits the road. I weep with you. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/23/2006
Truer words were never written. It is time we quit using 'war' as an excuse for murder.


Reminds me of my Cakewalk in Baghdad.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/22/2006

War is a horror and blight on our landscape
We all need to pray and work together for World Peace
Conflict Resolution is the Way Forward..
The graphic is heartbreaking

Love and Peace

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/21/2006
War can rarely be justified. Most are motivated by jelousy and greed..
Only in defence, as in WW11 was war justified.
Put all the leaders in a field and let them fight it out...
Reviewed by jude forese 7/21/2006
yep, war is futile ... you would think after thousands of years both sides could get their acts together ... very tragic indeed ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/21/2006
I have to agree with Felix!!

Good to read you...although on such sad truth!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/21/2006
So painful especially because it is the truth.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/21/2006
It is hard to understand, when the forces of war descend, how mankind has made it this far, and this long. It is a terrible thing, indeed, but there is something much greater in the offing.

Stand Strong!
Richard the Intrepid
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 7/21/2006
Join the world in calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

Lebanon “has been torn to shreds", said Lebanese Prime Minster Fouad Siniora. “I call upon you all to respond immediately... and provide urgent international humanitarian assistance to our war-stricken country. Can the international community stand by while such callous retribution by the state of Israel is inflicted on us?"
300 people had been killed and 500,000 others displaced in a week of Israeli attacks. Many thousands continue to flee Lebanon.
A humanitarian crisis is in the making.

The country has been under a total blockade for the last week preventing medications and necessary supplies to enter the country. Wounded people are not able to have the necessary treatment, and children and adults are suffering from a shortage of food and water.

Relief agencies say there is a growing need for water, sanitation and medical facilities for those displaced within Lebanon

French President Jacques Chirac called for humanitarian corridors in Lebanon to protect civilians from Israeli air raids as they flee the fighting.

I only join the Lebanese Prime Minister and the French President in their plea. Help stop the Violence.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/21/2006
It is difficult to enjoy life knowing the suffering that goes on. Thank you for the poignant reminder via your verses, Huda. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/21/2006
Huda I hate that Lebanon is being destroyed along with many innocent people. But does Hezbollah and many of the other Islamic people care that Israel and the Jews are being killed and destroyed? Who is innocent anyway. Can innocent people avoid being killed in war. did hezbollah, Hamas, Saddam Hussein, Irans Ayatollah not kill thousands of innocent people in their own countries? Please, don't let emotions blind you to truth.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/21/2006
As I pointed out in Eileen's post, I believe innocents are suffering and dying on both sides of this very bloody ancient conflict - as they usually do in most human conflicts, of any kind, ever since mankind first walked this earth. And as Edwin stated; War, Any War, is Truly Hell.
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 7/21/2006
War is hell...One of the terrible costs of freedom from tyranny.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/21/2006
poignant read, worrisome times
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/21/2006
you have reminded me that the world is not just my small little corner of comfort...your poem speaks of a mother leaving her dead sons and daughter and brings that image home vividly...I cry and pray for those caught in this horror.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/21/2006
so sad, god help the innocents of war!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Michael Wells 7/21/2006
Embrace each other with love and forgive
The pain, the injury, together we must live
Peace is the way, the dream and breath
That shall bring life after years of Death.

Dear Huda,
Those lines are copied from your poem Share Jerusalem
This is the message we all must strive to spread right now
It is the only way to achieve peace/salam/shalom
Your poem depicts the horrible suffering of the refugees
I will keep the Middle East in my prayers
God Bless - Michael
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/21/2006
A deep heart-wrenching write
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/21/2006
cry for knowing the intelligence of the Leaders of the THREE RELIGIONS OF ONE RELIGION, MECCA, ROMA and BETHLEHEM in JERUSALEM. I also cry for knowing the real INTENTION of the Five Permanent Members of The U.N. Security Council, and of the General Secretary of NATO and UN.

Now I ask them all: AREN'T YOU ASHAMED TO LIVE?

"Shalom" is a striking call to JUSTICE.

May You understand the sign of SHAME, and say no to INJUSTICE.

I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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