Chechnya, again, still.


For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

I cry out: MURDER!

Out of respect for tradition you say,
hunting down this kind of person
making sure they don’t exist
in society

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Denying their existence
yet saying that even their parents
would send them
to a place of no return

Telling parents to kill their children;
cleaning honour with blood
you call it

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

You speak of ‘prophylactic sweep’
and go as far as real murders
electric shock torture and violent beatings
the image God held to ransom and extort their families

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Rounding up men on suspicion
humiliation
leaving others to return home barely alive
after confessing the names of others

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord,
have mercy:
on them,
on us.
Save your children, hear their cries.

Today,
I am gay.

 

*sorry for reposting this, with modifications though. I am very busy at the moment preparing teaching an intensive. But I am even more sad that I have to repost this. The situation in Chechnya is horrible, and apparently the President wants to get rid of all gays until May 26th. A news article read, “They tell the parents to kill their child. They say ‘Either you do it, or we will,’” an unidentified male told France 24 News. They call it: ‘Cleaning your honour with blood.”
I conddemn this, pray for the my gay brothers and sisters – Lord, have mercy on us, restore our humanity, save lives!

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