Thursday December 12, 2013
Honor KillingsPoem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
A caste system, poverty, over-militarization; ingredients for disaster.
(CLEVELAND) - I am humbled to introduce this poem by Luke Easter about the massive problems facing women and girls in Pakistan and India with regard to sex and violence. In truth the problems spill out from there and affect the whole world.
The fallacy that a woman must be killed to maintain family honor is as old and stale as the crusty philosophies that lead to such cruel and bent thinking.
I think any person who fatally harms a member of their own family is actually worse than a random killer. The bond of trust that normally exists between a parent and child is the natural order of life, and the disdain and persecution are all learned qualities that have no place in this world.
This girl and woman killing, and throwing of acid in the face of a female, is Misogyny at its lowest and worst form and when this ugly cultural thinking takes its place at the table, hope becomes lost.
Imagine how bleak life must be.
The caste system, poverty, excessive wealth, over-militarization, the perceived power that comes from being a member of a particular family; these are the ingredients for disaster and women across the Middle east face these low brow obstacles every day. However the people are speaking out and with the right media coverage and political response, many things are possible.
5/11/2012, 15 year old girl, acid thrown in her innocent face,
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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