Letter to a killer

 

Cri de coeur

Oh you who judge men
for believing something different
from your own beliefs;

who kill in hatred,
killing good people you don’t know;
learn to love instead;

in shared sympathy,
celebrate the differences
in humanity.

 

Abhra at dVerse tells of the horrendous murder of  a Hindu writer in Bangladesh.  He wants us to write a protest poem.

  

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26 Responses to Letter to a killer

  1. katechiconi says:

    Time someone sent this to ISIS, I feel.

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  2. Prajakta says:

    Direct. Strong. Necessary. I hope someone is listening…

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  3. I like that you went back to the simple message of love and peace.

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  4. Bryan Ens says:

    so sad…to believe that their God would want them to destroy HIS creation…even if they disagree…

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  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Love is the common denominator & solution for humankind, for sure–and Love does win out, just not like in the movies. It might take a lifetime, or several. Evil burns itself out. Love builds, nurtures,
    propagates, promulgates, cosmic coitus. Hitler, Mussolini, Bin Laden, Hussain, Ghadafi, Imin–all died like the rabid dogs they were–but the millions of innocent souls they murdered becomes a planet’s sadness.

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  6. Truth and wisdom…the word for me, is Love. ♥

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  7. Myrna says:

    I like how you challenge hatred to transform to love. I believe its possible. I have to believe.

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  8. Maybe if it really were about the differences. At the core it is always control and power by the few. But, oh, how I wish love could win.

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  9. Wonderfully expressed, Viv.

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  10. rosross says:

    When there is less fear in the world we are better able to celebrate not just difference but life.

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  11. Yes.. the greatest defeat of terrorism is the celebration of different against the repression and oppression of human nature and the subjugation of human beings through illusory fears for those who are too weak.. to live without instilling fear into others.. to become bigger illusory people…

    i will celebrate the diversity of human in all the flavors and colors that comes in.. as my world will never be colorless and black and white.. again..:)

    And i for one will stand tall without pride for the colors of my heArt that humbly and BRIGHT LIGHTLY refuse to fade..:)

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  12. Abhra says:

    Beautiful – and such inspiring. I was saying the same in one of my comments just now. Thanks for joining my prompt.

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  13. “Learn to love instead.” It’s really that simple, isn’t it? So sad those who hate don’t often get it. Peace, Linda

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  14. Simple, perhaps–but intense, Viv. I think that’s due to the use of the second person which, for me, really brings it home.

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  15. Mary says:

    Oh, if only people would learn to love and forget about hate……if only, if only.

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  16. I love you Viv. The world needs more like you!

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  17. lynn__ says:

    Viv, this is simple yet powerful…truth always is!

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  18. seingraham says:

    This was such a horrific deed….I’m glad you addressed it. It’s getting so every week there’s something else terrible to reflect on – as long as we don’t become inured to such brutality just simply because of the repetition.

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  19. C.C. says:

    Definitely an impassioned outcry more need to embrace 🙂

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  20. Sherry Marr says:

    Yes! learn to love instead the BEAUTIFUL differences in humanity. i loved this.

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  21. Grace says:

    What a beautiful message Viv ~ Learn to love instead ~

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  22. Susan Chast says:

    Amen. Direct and to the point.

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  23. kanzensakura says:

    Yes, indeed. Unfortunately there are too many of those who only kill so threats to their beliefs will be silenced, intimidating hoping to quiet the prayers and thoughts of others. Oh how I wish they would read this and their hearts would be changed.

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  24. Misky says:

    A very strong piece, Viv. >

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  25. How I wish that those words would be understood by more… “Vive la difference” .. but so many sad events that I know we have all been touched by

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