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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: Because He Says
By Melanie Kerr
02/10/11


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I threw a stone while
He fired a bullet

Apartheid over
The end of an era
They say I must forgive
And move on

I cry tears of sorrow while
He shows no remorse

The death of my brother
The end of a life
They say I must forgive
And move on

I keep vigil at a graveside while
He applies for amnesty

Sins paraded, wounds ripped open again
The end of my mending
They say I must forgive
And move on

I sit on a seat bench while
He confesses his crime

So much blood on his hands
The end of his rationalisation
They say I must forgive
And move on

I look in his eyes as
He offers his apology

Sincerity is absent from his soul
The end of my expectation
They say I must forgive
And move on

I think of the lack of justice while
He walks away free

Apartheid over
The end of an era
I will forgive
And move on

Not because they say
But He says


Authorís Note: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid.


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Henry Clemmons02/10/11
A very touching poetic commentary. And I agree with the message, Becuase He says. Love the poem too, it moved me. Thank you.
Francy Judge 02/12/11
This is a beautiful, thought provoking poem. I like the way you used contrasts and repetitions.
Gregory Kane02/15/11
Very fitting
Rachel Phelps02/16/11
Excellent!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/16/11
This gave me chills you said so much in few words. Outstanding writing-may we never forget_
Jim McWhinnie 02/16/11
Not often you find such penetrating social commentary placed within the context of well-crafted verse.
Carol Penhorwood 02/16/11
Passionate, inspired writing. Well done!
Margaret Kearley 02/17/11
Congratulations on your well deserved placing. I just love this title and the wonderful words at the end - Because He Says
Theresa Santy 02/17/11
Wow. This one ripped at my heart. So few words, so powerfully said. Congratulations on your win.
Michael Throne02/17/11
Loved the MCís story, the repetition. This poem is a blessing to us all. Beautiful
Bonnie Bowden02/17/11
Moving story told in poetic form. Justice will never totally prevail in this world.

Congratulations on your second place award. Well deserved.
Rachel Phelps02/17/11
Congratulations on your EC!
Lollie Hofer 02/17/11
Incredible message written beautifully. Congrats on your well-deserved recognition.
Henry Clemmons02/17/11
Congrats again. I'm glad I commented on it before. I liked it from the start. Superb work.
Troy Manning02/20/11
Strong message communicated through an impressive economy of words. Congratulations, Melanie!