Sunday, November 2, 2014

Little Broken Wing

Gentle dove,
chained to a bamboo stalk,
you can only gaze at the sky
that should be
your home.

You have lain, curled, broken,
abandoned, hopeless,
on the floor of your cage for so long
you have forgotten how to fly.

Little gray dove, 
banished from the sky,
may rescue come soon
and lift you into
a world of love.

Kids, I am reading The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam, the woman who works so hard to rescue girls from the barbaric world of sexual slavery in Cambodia. The things that are done to these children are beyond comprehension. Somaly Mam's journey, and her mission, are inspiring. She and the girls she rescues demonstrate resilience and strength of spirit. She shows what one person can do, when she sees a need and does what she can. As we see, time after time, the movement grows.


  1. Thank you, Sherry. This is the symbol and hope of peace lying crumpled on the floor ofthe cage.

  2. Such a brave woman ~ Thank you for the feature and lovely words Sherry ~

  3. I think this poem could easily be about me.

  4. Sherry thank you for sharing Somaly Mam's story. Your poem captures the story of these girls and their struggle. I cannot even fathom the horrors they are living through.

  5. What an inspiring poem, Sherry! We need more people who are willing to find a cause close to their heart and work for it!

  6. You write about suffering with great sensitivity.

  7. Like films about the Holocaust, and commercials featuring abused animals, I understand that these things are needed by others, but I may turn away from what I know too well to preserve my own freedom of heart. Thank you for sharing a needed and deeply disturbing message today.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  8. Wow, Sherry! You remind all of us, that one person can truly make a world of difference!

  9. ack. so shameful. it's good you bring light ~

  10. I love the poem. It captures the sadness of it all.

  11. This must be a most inspiring read - but not for the faint of heart. Thanks for sharing your poetic response to the book.

  12. Such a worthy cause to fight for! This sounds like a very interesting book.


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