An SOS from the frontier by Rob Cullen

This is a message from the borderlands

That endless windswept unending place

So I whisper the message to you and me

If you could have heard all that I’ve heard

If you could see all those things I’ve seen

If you could have been there, far out there

If you could have listened to people’s words

Listened to all those broken hurting people

That place out there, in here, in me, in you.

The dark frontier, that secret place you know

I know, we know, we all know, but deny

its existence. But for me there is no choice

I cannot deny. It’s imprinted on my mind.

My memory is not blind, deaf or unfeeling.

But I wish sometimes that it might be so.

So now what do I do with these memories

The words I do not wish to store, to hold

Like some mad treasure trove, an archive

of the horrors of mankind, of humankind

the stories told and told and  told again,

and again, again and again. The faces change

but the pain and fear and the words remain.

It’s the same, it’s unending, it’s our narrative

as long as we survive this story will evolve

and grow and grow for we are humans.

I worked amongst the desolation, fragments

survivors, of lives that might have flowered

the endless unknowing, what might have been

who would I have been if that had not been done

to me, to who I was, a child, and unsuspecting.

Imagine the innocence and the quiet trust.

And all that time of working to heal – denial

A total blindness to the reality of the harm

being done to children everywhere you look

It’s a reality, take a bus or a train, sit in a café

you will be close to someone who has survived.

And then the guaranteed denial that fact is fact

In the face of all that and then that sound

of wheels within wheels grinding, the noise

of conversations and the deals in closed rooms

to keep silence, to protect the perpetrators

and prevent the door room from being opened

and the truth from being known and shared.

Forty years of denial, obstruction and frustration.

So open the door wide and let the light in!

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