I wrote this with those in mind whose lives have recently (and not so recently) been invaded by the terrible choices that other humans make. I can’t understand, nor have I lived this terror myself. But, I’m realizing that this could be my life. It could be anyone’s life, unfortunately. But today, I can only imagine the pain, the tears. But I do care and think about the unimaginable that has become another’s life.
With still heavy lids, I woke up to a strange and terrible rumble, the shattering of glass, the smell of death and screams.
It invaded my dream of sandy beaches and the noise of a children’s laughter.
The terror of today took my life.
Took the life I had known. The life I had grown to love,
My life filled with love, with peace, the smell, the taste, the sounds of home.
That was my life, that was our life, that was our home.
Many, many days before, so long ago, so long ago…so long.
So… long… ago.
And now, I run, I hide, I fear not knowing where to go or where to sleep.
Where do I go, oh where do I go, where do I go, where should we go?
And finally I stop, I only stop because my feet can’t go anymore. I fall exhausted to the
ground. I rest because I have to. I try to.
I sleep. But, my mind forgot how to rest, I recycle the images I can’t deal with during the day.
I awake trembling, searching, but groggy with sleep.
I succumb again…I sleep for a
Then, it begins again, the noise invades.
This is my life. A life with no home.
When I find I can’t run anymore, or sleep.
I find a corner and I weep.
I weep as a unconsolable child heaving and hugging myself into an ever smaller person.
I desire to disappear, to hide from my reality.
Because this is not life, this is not home, I have no peace, I have no hope.
Help, help, help me from this hell.
Take me away from here. Please take me away far from here. Take me, take me away, I pray take me away, take me away, take me away…from here.
My tears stop in my trembling hand, I hear a whisper, ” I’m here. I’m sorry.”
I look up I cry and I scream, “Why….,” I’m filled with anger…”Why?!…why?!.”
I hear nothing, but silence. It’s strange at first, I look around…wait, but nothing,
For the moment. And then…
The wind moves the trees, and the raindrops begin, quietly…steady..and then a deluge.
The thunder crashes and the earth vibrates with the thunder. It repeats again and again.
I have no fear. The storm reverberates.
And I know, he sees, he feels, he hears, he knows.
I see my trembling hand taken, I feel my hair caressed, I sense my face being touched and I hear…
“I’ll take you away, from here, from here, I’ll take you away from here, I’ll take you. I’ll take you, I’ll take you away, away, away, take you away…take you from here, far away from here. Away from here.
I’ll take you away. I’ll take you away….away from here.
The thunder rumbles, the wind calms, the rain steadies. The storm is over. For the moment. A moment. Just a moment.
For just a moment…
He took me away, away from here. From the hell down here. From all the pain down here, In my life… right here. He took me, he took me, he took me and shook me awake, he took me away.