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     Poem by Deb Copeland

Raise Awareness poem by Deb Copeland

Poem by Timothy Hillmer
March 12, 2018
Podu, India

For Esther and Johnson Medidi
at the Dedication of the New Horizons Safehouse
in Podu, India

A New Horizon

Even now you travel to us,
Our daughters, our sisters,
Some faceless,
Some voiceless,
Some homeless;
You are ravaged warriors,
Your souls unbroken,
Your spirits resilient, fierce
As you march,
Pulled along
By the slender possibility of shelter.

Even now you travel to us
Through shadow country,
Your hopes laced with dreams
Of mango orchards, of a shaded road
Protected by sturdy fencing
And impenetrable brick,
Of a home where scarlet butterflies
Flicker across pure white tile,
Where bedrooms are safe-sealed
Behind doors of burnished teak.

No hand or hammer or hatred
Shall break this seal,
These vows we make to you,
Our lost daughters, our lost sisters
So far from home.

Even now you travel to us
Over rough paths which intersect
The way streams bleed
Into one river
Flowing south to Podu.

Even now you travel to us
And hold one another close,
Providing breath when needed,
Clinging hand to hand when necessary,
And thrusting your heads high
Above the drowning,
Above the roar.

And when you arrive,
Our lost daughters and sisters,
We shall wait with gifts
Of fresh mango
And garlands of rose and lily
And chrysanthemum.

We shall say
Please step inside
Into this sanctuary of light
Which is now yours.

And we shall know this to be true:
You were lost,
Our daughters, our sisters,
And you have been found
By following the beacon of your hearts
In unison
At last to home.