‘The Whole World Shares Your Tears’
Posted on April 30, 2015
The night before darkness closed in on the lives of the executed men in Indonesia, author Hannah Richell posted a brief message on her blog, standing for mercy, and she shared this poem, gently gifted her by an anonymous friend:
All You Who Sleep Tonight
All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hand to left or right,
And emptiness above —
Know that you aren’t alone.
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.
— Vikram Seth
You can read her beautiful post here
The words struck me as perfect.
Some days the world seems black with grief, suffering, inhumanity and unimaginable cruelty:
State sanctioned murders, perpetuating wrongs, over and again; the glib lack of mercy from the unmoved -there is far too much of this particular malaise in our country; nineteen years which must seem like a filmy curtain of hazy time to the victims and their beloved, since an inscrutable youth took a gun to the innocent at Port Arthur; a tiny boy lost somewhere in a web of horror, his family lost in a parallell maze of fear; thousands dead and displaced in an impoverished country far away; refugees fleeing persecution, risking their lives and those of their families on unsafe boats captained by the unscrupulous -because that is the better of evils on offer- only to run aground on the hard-hearted shores of this, our country (if they’re not turned back, or delivered back into the arms of hell), with it’s anthem of lies and which does not stand for mercy: and then there are the other, myriads of personal loss, grief, injustices, abuses and sorrows.
‘Know that you aren’t alone,
the whole world shares your tears.‘
Open your heart. If you can, open your wallet too, and let some light shine on the darkness.
You can donate to Nepal through World Vision, The Red Cross, Maiti Nepal, Unicef, Oxfam, Save the Children, Alternatively, you can contribute to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation here, or go the ASRC support for asylum seekers here, or you can help send a book to a child being detained , through Befriend a Child in Detention, one can only hope that hearts open enough to allow the boxes of
hope books through to the children.