Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wild Woman Weeps

Isobel Bowderey, 22

"Lying in strangers' blood, 
thinking my life of 22 years was over,
I thought of everyone I loved,
and said 'I love you' to each one. 

"The help I received from strangers,
the words of love I heard the dying exchange,
helped me to see the good in people,
to not let hatred win."

And, finally, 
battle-scarred, 
disheartened,
despairing,
world-weary, 
Wild Woman weeps.

Isabel Bowderey, 22, a student from South Africa, played dead for 45 minutes to avoid being killed at the Bataclan. It was, finally, the televised news report about her belief in love  triumphing over evil, that finally reached my heart, reminding me that, at such times, the best of human nature always rises in response. Light will continue to banish darkness. We live in hope ~ because to live without it is unthinkable.

sources: CBC.CA and Daily Mail Online

13 comments:

  1. I like the hope. It is one thing that triumphs over everything. May Peace be upon the world, always.

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  2. I'm so glad you posted this. I think hope is a great thing to rely on. And definitely, we must keep on loving.

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  4. Some things in life are so sad...still the candle burns for life filled with love and hope. You are a leader of peace!

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  5. What a very heartening story, Sherry!

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  6. I hate to think of anyone in this situation. The stories of survivors are heart-rending. Such an unnecessary expenditure of hatred. It is hard for me to wrap my head around it all.

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  7. Amen! What happened is so heartbreaking.

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