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And the World Stood By

I.
Why does the hope that is in my heart not die?
It hurts too much to watch human dignity and spirit
Be trampled ...

The embers lie dying, flickering because there appears no reason ...
Only glowing and slowly cooling…
Then something happens ...

II.

Honduras,
Country and People that have been
silently trampled upon for centuries
And the People endured and were silent

Honduras,
Utilized as a staging ground for assaults
Upon human dignity and spirit throughout the region…
And the People endured and were silent

Honduras,
Its richness squandered in corruption and exports
While the People barely survive….
And the People endured and were silent

(Except for the few who were violently ripped from the tree
and smashed for all to see … a lesson…silence equals survival,
however, embers guarded in silence in small patios, mountain towns and places
that most people couldn’t find on a map still lived)

III.
And the Flames of Hope Burst Forth….
What did the Japanese say after they bombed Pearl Harbor?
We have woken a sleeping giant…..
The sleeping giant of the Honduran People Awoke……
Those Silent and Enduring People..

Mel Zelaya sprinkled the Holy Water of Respect, of Human Dignity
Of every Child having Breakfast and Lunch…
Of a Wage that there is some small chance of being able to live on….
And the People Awoke…
They ate of the Eucharistic Bread of Hope…..
They stood before the Monster of Repression and State of Seige,
They endured tear gas, poisonous water cannons, beatings, torture,
And the Women, rape ...
They Endured ... and they Hoped

They Hoped for themselves to endure…
The destroyed economy by the international assistance cuts…
They hoped the World would Decide that Human Respect, Dignity and Self
Determination Are Worth Sacrifice…
They Hoped that Honduran children would no longer have to be silent to
survive ...
How many days did they go to the street and march…
Hungry, thirsty but with the fire of Hope burning in their bellies and their
hearts ...

IV.
And they legalized the dictatorship….
The way it happened in Chile ...
With torture and repression ...
And an election that means as much as the Honduran Constitution
An illegal Supreme Court that beats Hope with a rubber stamp…
With a National Assembly that believe silence equals survival
While all the time they mouth the CIA words of Soveriegnty and National
Dignity,
"if you repeat a lie, loud enough and long enough the people will believe
it" ...
And Judas Iscariot carried out his betrayal with passion as well ...

And behind the scenes the United States ...
Was Obama a flicker of Hope?
Quickly extinguished ...
There in the Oval Office ... can you see the scene?
"Mr. President…we need this country ...
It can’t be an example of HOPE ... of the people actually DECIDING
Mr. President ... we need this country ...
Imagine What Would Happen to other countries ...
... Hope spreads faster than the H1N1 virus..."
And Mr. Obama went silent while Mrs. Clinton spoke louder….

IV
And the World Stood By ...
Where was the European Union, The Carter Center????
What does a Nobel Peace Prize means?

THE ECONOMY, the Global Business Climate,
The Hegemony of the United States ...
All more important than that Breakfast and Lunch for the children of
Honduras ...
Human Dignity, Respect and Self Determination ...

You die by what you live ...
Can you see the Congress of the United States,
Seated discussing President Obama (or some other President to come)
and his Socialist Policies (though they aren’t?)
Or maybe like the Senate in Star Wars ... voting a Dictator for Fear ...
Legalizing the Coup de Etat

And the World Will Stand by!!!

V.
And meanwhile in Honduras….
What happens to the dream deferred?
Does it Die or does it Explode
When one has nothing to lose, except Hope?


Jacque Reed, December 3rd, 2009