Lessons in Patience

by Dee Ann Miller

from author's home page: takecourage.org

The following poem was written and sent to me by one of my dearest survivor- friends, a lady in Europe who speaks several languages fluently. She tells me that the title "Weltschmerz" is German for "pain of the world." What she says here applies to far more than the oppression of victims of abuse. Yet it applies perfectly. Thank you, Olga, for teaching me the meaning of tears...Dee Ann Miller


World ruled by dollar driven greed,

Polluters of this universe and Earth,

Intending to preserve the present situation!


Birdbrained white men in suits who do not heed

The increasing cries of Mother Earth,

Intending to preserve the rule of exploitation.


The tears of the abused, their hungry need

For human dignity now drench the earth,

Intending to be seen, yet only fuelling the indignation

of  arrogant suits, who march on to feed

Pot-bellied stomachs; Plund'ring the Earth

Their main concern, their main attraction.


One day those tears will speak and lead

Survivors to dry this sodden Earth,

Balance and Harmony healing the Nations



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