Protests & A Poem

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June 21, 2009 by Gsmith

SUN0618N-Iranians 1.jpgProtesting the brutality against the Iranian People

Location: Queens Park, Toronto
Time:2:00PM Sunday, June 21st

Location: Vancouver Arts Centre
Time: 8:00PM Sunday, June 21st

On the streets of Tehran
On a warm summers day
A beautiful life
Was taken away

She stood with her father
Looking out on the crowd
A scene of destruction
And outrage surrounds

The victory stolen
From under their feet
A courageous people
Take to the street

A burning desire
For freedom and justice
Breaking the bonds
Of oppressions cruel clutches

She feels the excitement
As her people march on
Feeling the hope
Of a countries new dawn

She turns to her father
A smile brightens her face
She kisses his cheek
Their hands each embrace

A sharp pain in her chest
She falls to the ground
She lays there unblinking
As people surround

Her father is crying
He looks into her eyes
He sees his sweet daughter
His life’s dearest prize

“Neda, please stay!”
He calls to her now
As tears of great sadness
Fall to the ground

She looks back on life’s journey
She feel’s so at peace
Content she lets go
And her soul is released

Her name was Neda
Which means voice or call
Her life not forgotten
She’ll be remembered by all

A brave young girl
Now returned to the earth
A symbol of freedom
In a countries rebirth

Her Name Was Neda

A poem by Crystal Busenbark of Provo, USA

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3 thoughts on “Protests & A Poem

  1. J. Madson says:

    Details on Neda: she was born in 1982, apparently her full name was Neda Agha-Soltan, and she was at the protest with one her professors and several other students. She was, they said, shot by a basiji riding by on a motorcycle. Also, she was apparently buried today at a large cemetery in the south of Tehran. ABC News’ Lara Setrakian writes, “Hearing reports Neda was buried in Behesht Zahra cemetery earlier today, memorial service cancelled on orders from authorities.”

  2. theradicalmormon says:

    My heart is broken by this young woman’s story and the images of her death give linger with me and give me an achy feeling in my chest. How empty and wasteful are all such acts of violence in the name of some sort of cause that seems more important to someone than this woman’s life. She is now in a good place where she can be taught the Gospel of Salvation and the true tragedy in all of this is that her murderer will never see peace in his heart again and is likely doomed to the torment of his own conscience as a result of his actions.

    What a sad thing that someone thinks that by murdering another, he can further his cause and can gain political power and get the praise of the world, when in fact, he is only shriveling up his soul into a decrepit, sickened carcass which will never attain to the glory he could have enjoyed had he chosen a better way.

    I love the words of the narrator of the Book of Mormon in Alma when he comments:

    10 And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives; yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed.
    11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless wo.
    12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.
    13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.
    14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.

    I love these words, how they show us the great importance of missionary work in thwarting the cunning plans of Satan that the hearts of our brothers and sisters here will not be snared by his traps, sending many out of this world unprepared.

  3. J. Madson says:

    new news on Neda:

    The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.

    Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.

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