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6 March 2016

Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Activist, Is Killed in Honduras *

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be  – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Extreme necessity.
Her voice sounds out.

Will not be silenced.
Until …

If you will speak
for forests and rivers
your mouth can be shut.

If you will defend
generations of future lives,
you may be shot –

Dead – as the land, water, air,
and all who dwell therein.

But her voice
rings even louder now.



For Flash 55 PLUS! (5 March 2016) at 'imaginary garden with real toads'. Also shared with Poets United's Poetry Pantry #292.

31 comments:

  1. So touching. In her memory...and in everyone's. Thank you, dear Rosemary.

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  2. You write with such authenticity Rosemary ... and what you write is so important. Thank you.

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  3. Oh my God. If the common man or woman speaks the truth, their lives are snuffed out by the corporate entities who rape and pillage at the expense of future generations.But yes, her voice speaks even more loudly now. They can shoot one person, but 100 more will rise in her place. Because we are on the side of the forests and rivers, who matter more than corporate profits.

    Thanks, Rosemary, for honouring this brave woman, who gave her life for our grandchildren.

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  4. Thank you, Rosemary, for writing this. It is a fine tribute to one who spoke her beliefs to her demise. Poor lady, great causes she had.

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  5. such souls are born to be Heard...a heartfelt tribute Rosemary....

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  6. A worthy tribute to a fallen warrior. I hope her tragic death brings her country under even closer scrutiny now.

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  7. This is terrifying, most of all that this is news that's silenced (found so little about it on the news). Yes all the silenced voices scares me.

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  8. Dignified and truthful response to the message of this wonderful activist, assassinated for her work for the earth and its life.

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  9. In a might is right world...some pay an extreme price for their insistence on being heard. Yet we can never give up.

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  10. May all our voices grow into a loud, daring echo of Berta's call to reason. ♥

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  11. May her voice live on! You can silence the body, but not the message.

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  12. A tribute to a voice gone silent, but now rises from the ashes stronger

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  13. So horrible. Thanks for really good poem about her. k.

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  14. I great memento here. Sad but hopeful all at once.

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  15. Wow, heartbreaking and powerful. Thanks, Rosemary, for the link to the news story.

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  16. Yes, moving and powerful. Thank you for writing it.

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  17. Strong writing and a great tribute to a woman who wasn't afraid to say it like it is. I wish I had that kind of courage. You do.

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  18. Thank you Rosemary for speaking for Berta Cáceres. Sadly governments are often complicit in such horrors and do not always act for their country's people but for their own benefit. Even here in Australia the Great Barrier Reef is under threat.

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  19. Even death could not silence her. This breaks my heart. Too many of us remain silent.

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  20. Powerful and intense - a haunting expression of "real" activism and sacrifice.

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  21. Brilliant! especially at a time when one of the largest humanitarian crisses are occuring in one of the worlds forgotten places... Central America.

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  22. so incredibly sad, and outrageous. You do her honor ~

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  23. a great tribute to a brave person.
    and yes, her voice rings even louder now.

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  24. And I am glad it does and that you gave voice to it - sad that we still lose people in the quest for free speech - i also love the opening quote

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  25. She will be missed but you're right her voice is louder now in the spirit of Tahirih, "You can kill me, but you will never stop the emancipation of women"! She lives!

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  26. A sad--no, tragic end for a woman who fought so hard for what is truly real and important. Thanks for keeping her alive here.

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  27. You are: A passionate crone. Beautiful poetry.

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  28. Your closing is so powerful and important...well done!

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