Tell Me

Tell me you are not moved,

Tell me the innocence does not stir your soul.

The joy in their youthful faces,

The way their eyes smile before the camera.


Tell me you don’t weep for the parents,

Tell me you don’t shed a tear for their tears,

The lose and the pain,

The feelings of helplessness.


Tell me this tragedy is justified,

Tell me this crime is ordained by God,

The cowards hiding behind religion,

The animals stealing the innocent for profit.


Tell me, why did the outrage take so long,

Tell me what the world is waiting for,

The children to fade from memory,

The guiltless to die.


Tell me they will be brought home safely,

Tell me they won’t remember the horror,

The torture of separation,

The terror of being alone.


Tell me this will not happen again,

Tell me that education is not a crime,

The girls are our future,

The criminals will be brought to justice.


Tell me…

Tell me if you can.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

15 thoughts on “Tell Me

  1. Is this “bring our girls home”? Because it both breaks my heart and infuriates me at the same time. They showed one of the girls – who escaped – on TV and she was weeping, saying she’d never go back to school. These men are pathetic excuses for human beings – cowards who resort to violence, fear, slavery – it makes me sick to my stomach.

    Anyway. I’m ranting. This is touching and painful – both a tribute and a rallying cry. Phil Ochs would have been proud.

    • The whole thing infuriates me as well and yes, these men (if you can call them that) are a disgrace to the human race. These poor girls, who I pray survive this ordeal, will never be the same. Their lives are ruined and it is such a shame. Thank you for the Phil Ochs comparison, I am honored. 🙂

  2. Hi! This is omtatjuan. This is my new blog incarnation… My other on became dust in the wind.. I had to find your blog.. I love your poetry!

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