The survivor’s plea #etheree and #prose

When the soul battles each day to survive,
A slip into darkness may seem inevitable,
The numbness of relinquishing morals,
And doing whatever it takes to survive.

There is a saying amongst the women of Yemen,
“Death will come tomorrow.”
And accepting this frees many from what is beyond their control.
In a place where wealth is measured in faith,
Where hope is their most precious currency.

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War
Disease
Destruction
Plights old as time
Origins of man
A plague from the heavens
When angels smote each other
And violence was given life
Is war a gene born in all mankind
An instinct that needs only a trigger
Are those who stay true the strongest of all
Mothers who take each child as their own
Children who love in times of hate
And men with only one choice
To defend family
When will karma come?
Where is justice?
For how long
Must they
wait
?

Photo by amnesty international

Yemen is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,
Read more

I’m sharing a link to the UNICEF donor page;
LINK
Please click, verify, and do what you can.

May the force be with you

P.S,

For poetry lovers, an etheree is a poem with a syllabic meter of (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10).
I wrote two that mirror each other in their shape, one being reversed.

I hope you enjoy this, and that it moves you.

Β© judeitakali

62 Comments Add yours

  1. Ramya Vivek says:

    Brilliant!
    And your question is valid and heartfelt. When will karma come?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      😌thank you so much Ramya, 🧑

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  2. Dora says:

    Oh how you open your heart to the plight of the poor and suffering as we all should starting with our neighbors! Is that really a saying in Yemen? How sad! Compassionate and deeply expressive ✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Dora, it is. I heard it from a documentary on BBC.

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  3. Ingrid says:

    A powerful poem and great that you highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Tank you Ingrid, I’m glad to try and spread awareness

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  4. When will Karma come indeed! A very heartfelt poem. One that tugged at my heartstrings. I loved the 2 etherees and I loved it even more that you had them mirror each other. Well done, Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shweta. I’m glad you appreciate the etherees, I wanted to put the effort of syllabic restrictions in this.🧑

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      1. I’m glad that you did so πŸ™‚

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ™πŸΎπŸ€—

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  5. Bulbul says:

    Powerful piece, Jude, it moved me, most definitely.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad it did. Thank you Bubble 🧑🧑

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      1. Bulbul says:

        Hi, Jude! As promised I’ve posted the continuation for the 20 word story- Rejuvenation. Hopefully you’ll not be disappointed by the effort.
        Cheers πŸ™πŸ€—

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you so much for telling me, I’ve just been over and I’m in bliss, for reading it.

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      3. Bulbul says:

        I am very glad to know this, Jude! Thank you for your encouragement to extend this one, I am grateful.

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  6. Jude, your words are so powerful and eloquent. You captured the pain, the sentiments, the plight and the essence so well. ✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad you think so, my intention was exactly thisπŸ§‘πŸŒ·πŸ’•

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  7. Very moving, Jude! Your beautiful double etheree was powerful and well constructed.
    These questions raise their head every time there is suffering…natural or manmade. Stay well. ❀️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Punam. I’m glad you appreciate this

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      1. You are welcome.v

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  8. Era says:

    A very powerful piece!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Era

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      1. Era says:

        Anytime !

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  9. michnavs says:

    What a powerful etheree Jude..and yes this is timely❀❀❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle. πŸ’•πŸŒ·πŸ§‘

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  10. Sadje says:

    Very moving poem

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad you think so 😊 🌷

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      1. Sadje says:

        πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  11. Superb! Brilliant, Jude! πŸ€—πŸ’•
    Loved it!
    The plight of Yemen and the citizen is extreme and you’ve expressed it beautifully.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad you think so, whenever I write something on awareness, I’m always scared I won’t do it due justice. Thank you 🧑🌷

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      1. I feel that each contribution to spreading awareness, no matter the length, form or matter, is a step in the right direction and towards bringing in positive change. 😊🌸

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you for saying this, Priya 🧑🌼

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  12. A catastrophe, Jude. Thanks for this compelling poem.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Very much my pleasure, Roberta 🧑🌼

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  13. doriskoki says:

    You have depicted the crisis concisely

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Doris, I’m so glad you think so.

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  14. Where wealth is measured by faith and hope is a precious currency…I pray for a world like that. It greatly moved me Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Radhika for saying this. And please keep praying πŸ™πŸΎ

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  15. mariamichaela says:

    Beautiful and an eye opener.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Every now and then I feel compelled to share some awareness, Michaela.
      Thank you so much. I really need to find your site in the app, I’ll get there somehow today;

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        Not sure what’s going on as well. Maybe it’s the app πŸ€”

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  16. memadtwo says:

    There is so much sorrow in the world right now, it’s too easy to become numb. We need posts like this to keep us aware of them.
    I don’t think we have to be warlike creature to survive. In fact, I think survival would be easier with cooperation. But I’m not sure how we change behavior that is so culturally ingrained. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      It’s so difficult. I think fighting is almost an animal instinct, maybe more in males, but yes, surely we are better off with cooperation, πŸ™πŸΎπŸ€—

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  17. Leonie M. says:

    Wow, so touching! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

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  18. Magnificent etheree, Jude. It reflects the goodness of your soul. I think everyone is capable of violence. I know there is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my loved ones. The women of Yemen and other places in the world where there is constant, ongoing violence, deserve monuments built to their courage.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes I agree they do, but most of all, they deserve peace

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  19. bejamin4 says:

    What a post! There are lots of problems in the world today, and some of them are going unnoticed.Thanks for bringing these issues to the forefront. We should be subtracting from all these pains instead of adding others. Really hope we all come together and start doing a better job.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Very well stated. Alas, it comes down to the old, one by one makes a bundle, so you start with you then get 1 more to get 1 more…

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      1. bejamin4 says:

        You’re right. Inward and then outward.

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