by Elena Shevcova

Black & White Pencil Drawing by Elena Shevcova

 

Safe

Kidnapped, brought to this place

My great-great-grandmother did not feel safe

Forced to work for her kidnapper

Husband killed for talking back

Children ripped away

Body beaten

Raped

 

Feel trapped in this place

Freedom rings around me, but I do not feel safe

Told I have a dream

Brother killed for talking back

Sisters ripped away

Bodies beaten

Killed

 

The man said stand in peace

The men say die in pieces

Just how many martyrs?

Thought that was meant for Jesus

 

Screaming in this place…

 

Written with empathy for my brothers and sisters 
by Heaven Leigh