While I realize there is no good time to share sad news, nor do I do this often, I felt compelled to share this with you today. I know it’s not cheery and joyful in the way I aim most of my work to be, and it’s the holidays no less. However, must we remember those that aren’t feeling so jolly or are down right terrified and down and out, as we celebrate our many blessings.
When I was in New York recently with my daughter, we were in George Washington Park and stumbled upon this beautiful young woman. I went up and asked if we could chat and how I might help. She was grateful and asked if I would please help her get the word out but to please protect her name, for her families safety. I extrapolated the essence of our talk and wrote my poem below. Her words and body language were palpable as we spoke and I hugged her.
David from Skeptic’s Kaddish shared one of my pieces Rooted in Love, on his blog yesterday for which I was extremely grateful for his generosity. I’m also most appreciative of the kind accolades many of our followers gave me. Thank you truly. I’m beyond grateful.
Hearing the poem I wrote after some time, compelled me to share this at this time as well as the below video and pictures my daughter sent me yesterday, out of the blue. There was a demonstration that was taking place 40 minutes south of our house about this very issue.
I argued with myself for a good while before hitting send but felt it necessary to share today. If we learn one thing from the year, might it be to honor and trust our choices. Please feel free to skip it and come back to it at a later time.
I bow my head and pray,
walking through the fields gray.
Unearthed by a blood bath of flesh and tears;
Each one telling a thousand tales,
befuddled in red,
black and blue in
puddles of pain.
Hands so frail,
body so weak,
life so uncertain,
I hold her in my arms,
run through our spines.
pride and life,
through her veins.
Everything must be written
in invisible ink,
no traces left behind.
My heart mourns,
wishing I could wrap her
I do not want to tarnish her name,
in a world that has gone insane.
We are her voice
as she runs,
as she cries.
We weep with her,
as she screams for justice.
We hold her
In all her sorrow,
into her marrow.
has got to stop,
as we draw a line in the
and take a stand.
The ones who claim protection,
instead they beat and rape,
she barely makes it out alive.
She carries her sisters blood,
marching on, carrying the torch
attempting to save her sisters souls.
We bow our heads and pray,
walking through the fields gray.
Broken and forlorn,
we never give up hope.
We pray, our voices will be heard.
Copyright © 2022 Cindy Georgakas
All Rights Reserved
Photos and video by my daughter, “Narnia” ( her blog name)
Sending you love and blessings as you start your week and move into the holidays. Happy Hanukkah to all of my Jewish friends. We will be eating latkes and lighting candles on Christmas Eve in your honor which is our annual tradition. It used to be on the first day of Hanukkah but now we’re all in different places so we wait until we’re all together.
And If you are reading this today my friend, who will remain nameless, we bless you, your family, friends and country. May you be safe, may you be happy, may you have peace and know the love of protection from all of our hearts to yours. Thank you for inspiring this post❣️
Thank you Cindy for sharing this important message. We must speak up for those who cannot. Great peace and healing to survivors of violence.
You are so welcome and thanks for your lovely message Suzette. Yes we do. I’m glad I did the poem justice for those that are silenced! ❤️
Yes, I believe you did. Thanks again💖
😘 the phone vs lap top is a tough recap.. Thanks a lot!
Awesomeness 👌 📱
I agree to that
A thousand blessings upon your unnamed friend and all those in need 🙏 further than that I’m lost for words… yet again💔😔
When Will The World Say No to The
Ignorance of Harming, Maiming, Raping
Killing Marginalized Most ‘Religion’ Brings
True Whenever A Real God Now of
LoVE iN KinDNeSS of Compassion
Rises in Human HeARTS Naked
Enough Whole Complete New
With No Need
To Slave Other
Humans in Blood Lust For Greed
SMiLes Dear Cindy For Those Who
Harm And Rape And Maim and Kill Nature
Will Do the Same to Those Who Birth The
Face of God For Real
in Every Human
Being Who Becomes
LoVE iN Peace Without Blood Lust Greed
Namaste For A Greater Day Where There Are No Castes of DarK
If only ‘They’ Could Understand That only Women Birth A
Face of God in Human…
Anyway For What’s
i Am a Son of Woman…
i Shall Never Bow to A God Named Only
He For it is only A Symbol of Blood Lust Greed That Has Come So Far…
Thank you so much Fred!! 💞
Pleasure Dear ❤️
Cindy A Very
And Gut Wrenching
Beasts Among Us
it really is gut wrenching. I loved your post and tried to comment but couldn’t .. so sorry! ❣️
When is the question is right! 💗
No Change Without
MaKinG Waves Dear
Cindy All Is Waves All
Is Change So Let’s All
Dance Sing Free Toward
Harm For All
With SMiles Of
LoVE iN Peace For Real❤️☺️🙏
Thanks for sharing.
Absolutely Eunice.. thanks for being here! ❣️
Thanking you for sharing and not remaining silent, unfortunately like so many do. 🤗
You’re so welcome and I’m appreciative of your resonance Tangie! 💞
A thousand blessings upon your nameless friend and all in need🙏
Oh that is such a lovely blessing and so much appreciated by all my friend! 💞
Wow. Thank you for this powerful and impactful piece, Cindy. Glad you are sharing your voice and space for your nameless and brave friend. Blessings and healing to all survivors of violence.💕🙏💕
You’re so welcome Grace and thank you so much for your support and always giving voice to life itself. Thanks for the voice of confidence and acknowledging the importance of this piece. Yes, she is soooo brave as are so many! ❤️ Healing and Hugs always is right~!❣️
Thanks for sharing and amplifying this very important message. 🙏🌹
You’re welcome John… thank you for always being here and echoing my sentiments.
Powerful stuff. This really brings out the reality behind what they tell us in news broadcasts.
It really is Clive. I’m truly appreciative of your comment and support.. 💞
Hitting send on your heartfelt words was the right thing to do, Cindy. I don’t know you as well as others here, but what I do know and see you doing in the photos doesn’t surprise me at all. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much Mary for you voice of confidence. It means a lot to me. I really always appreciate your visit and heartfelt words❣️ Thank you for seeing me and you’re so welcome as well! 💗
Thanks for speaking out, Cindy. This whole situation is soul-crushing and it’s insane that this is happening in the 21st century. Your poem is powerful and brutally blunt, and just what the world needs to wake up to this horrible injustice.
I appreciate you saying so and your words that are felt deeply as well. It’s astounding and unforgivable really but we must continue this march towards freedom. I’m glad you received the essence of my delivery. It’s so sad and I so agree!!!! ❤️. Thank you so much Mike! ❣️
My heart is saddened by this poem, story, and awareness that such cruelty still exists. Thank you for caring and speaking out Cindy. May the people effected find peace and healing.
It was hard to witness and hard to write but I couldn’t turn my back. It is mind blowing that it still exists to me as well. You’re most welcome and thank you so much for your weighing in and sharing your voice. I hope for the same and hope this provides some solace for those that supper reading it. 💗🙏🏼
So heartbreaking, Cindy! And we just watched Coyote on Paramount + and it showed similar story, so it makes this account all the more real.
It really is. Oh I bet that too was heartbreaking. Yes, sometimes it feels like a dream! 🙏🏼 Thanks Sheila❣️
Thank you for writing/speaking up, and being another voice for the victims.
It is so easy to become so involved in our own lives and forget our brothers and sisters that are being victimized.
Sending you holiday blessings to you and your loved ones!
Thank you for resonating with me Ana Star. It is so unjust. I had to share it in-spite of how painful it is. Yes, it’s easy to forget for sure.
Thanks so and Happy Holidays to you as well my dear friend!~ 💗
I’m with them and you!
Thanks a lot Resa.. of course you are! ❣️
This is a very important message that you have posted. It is greatly appreciated by all.
Thank you so much Francis. I appreciate you letting me know!
My pleasure Cindy. All the best.
❤️ And always to you❤️
Thank you for sharing this dear Cindy. It is sad. It is 2022 and women rights are still struggling in our world. We need a safe world for the children and the women of our world.
You’re so welcome Johnnie and thanks for standing up for woman everywhere as I know you do! I appreciate your support here as we all do. YES, woman’s rights must be upheld! 💞
A never-ending battle dear Cindy. And you are welcome.
Sadly so Johnnie.. thanks again. 💗
You are welcome dear Cindy.
Thank you for sharing dearest Cindy 💔💔💔
You’re welcome Dear Gabriela!
How couldn’t I!!! ❣️❣️❣️
You would have done the same❣️❤️❤️❤️
Indeed. Love you hon. Enjoy your holiday ❤️❤️❤️
Love you too Gabriela! I will and you too!!
You made the right decision publishing this and talking to her, of course. She is very brave. I pray she felt empowered doing so and that she is safe. 🙏🏻Enjoy the Holidays with your family. 💞
Thank you so much Michele! You know, I never want to damper anyones holiday but It was important and it’s great to know that you did too Michele.
I do pray for the same outcome. I will and you have a wonderful one as well! 💗
You are welcome, Cindy. Thanks! 😊
WOW Cindy, this is courageous on so many levels. I am so glad that you shared something that many people do not understand or would have probably passed by without a care. In this day and time, it is unthinkable to have to fight is such a way to be seen as human, yet we know it is necessary. Thank you for showing her compassion and sharing that moment of love with her. I applaud you my dear. Thank you for being so warm-hearted and generous. Your poem is amazing and those pictures, as they say, is worth a thousand words or more! Hugs to you my sweet and loving friend. 🤗💞🥰🦋😊
Thank you so much Kym! You would do the same. It is totally unthinkable and in-comprehensive for sure!!! There is no way to close our eyes to these horrific tragedies and I appreciate you being a soul sister in every sense of the word. I appreciate knowing I can count on you to be here,. I’m glad my poem did justice and I agree, my daughter nailed the photos. A picture does say 1,000 words. Thanks for the love and love you Kym 💞
Oh Cindy, you know it is always a pleasure to drift into your stories, coming out wiser, more compassionate and loving. 🙏🏼 I agree with you 100%, but we can’t just stand and watch atrocities happen and not think about how they can affect us. I appreciate you showing us a more human and caring side, by touching the spirit and making us think about the challenges others face that could be a challenge for us down the road.
I appreciate you my Mommy Nature and I love how you allow your heart to feel!!! Hugs and smooches dawwwwwlinkkkkk. 😍💖😘💞🥰
It is always wonderful resonating with you in truth, fun, joy, sorrow.. whatever we are going through actually. Life continues to call us to action to be available to do the heavy lifting when we have given up hope or feel too weary but like you said we meet the challenges that could be us someday.
I appreciate you so much as well my dearest dawwwwlink friend!! ❤️
Oh Cindy, you warm my heart immensely. I absolutely love your compassion, empathy, and heart. This is the reason why people love you so much. Just keeping it real my “Sledgehammer Cindy!” Speaking of which, the final seconds are ticking. Will everything be ready for your Christmas reveal? 🤶🏼🎄🎅🏼
Poor girl. It’s awful. Rape is the most inhumane thing. It’s terrible and ruins so many lives
it’s devastating Brittany .. I so agree! ❣️
Cindy, what shocked me most were the bystanders. What were they thinking?
Maybe just shock Marsha. 💞 xo
I can understand that.
A heartbreaking story. Thanks for sharing my friend. My prayers and thoughts for these victims.
It really is Sadje! You’re welcome… thanks for being here. Yes, mind too! 💗
Injustice needs to be called out. And we all should do what we can to raise awareness.
I so much agree with you Sadje! Hard to believe we are still even talking about this in this day and age! 💞
I think as long humans are greedy, these issues will remain.
Ugh yes! ❣️
It’s a lot-:(
Thank you so much for sharing this, Cindy.
You’re welcome and thank you so much for reading and resonating with me! ❣️
It is a sad fact that humans can be so cruel to other humans. Your beautiful friend is very brave as are you for helping her tell her story. Many of these injustices will not stop until angry people shed their pursuit of power and wealth and realize the cost is not worth it.
You are so right about all of this. I so much agree and you’re so right she is very brave. I appreciate you being here and your support with great suggestions that are so important! ❣️
Your poem was so deep and profound. Sad to know what is happening in the world with women, Cindy. Thanks for taking up the cause of women.
Thank you truly Kamal. I’m most appreciative of your support always!It is so sad… you’re welcome and thank you sooo much as well! 💞
Always welcome dear Cindy ❤️❤️
So immensely powerful, Cindy. I’m so grateful that you shared this, your powerful poem as well as the moving photos. I’m glad you trusted your instincts. It’s important (while we sit safely in our warm homes and wish each other joy and peace and a bountiful new year) to remember that there are people suffering everywhere at the hands of the powerful. Perfect timing and moving beyond words.
I’m truly honored by your voice of courage and and support Diana, thank you so much. I am glad you found it powerful, moving and timely. You are so right about making sure we remember that there is a whole world out there that needs our human connection and support while they are suffering. Happy to know you felt the timing was right on.
Bless You! 🙏🏼💞
What a powerful post, Cindy!! And the photos! All of it tugs on my heart.
Thank you so much Barbara … I’m happy you felt so.. it needed to be said and it tugs at mine too! ❣️🙏🏼
It’s pulled on my heart!
Cindy, there is no inappropriate time to speak out against violence and injustice. Your eloquently-written, heartrending poem and your daughter’s poignant photos send a powerful message. Human rights must remain an issue, and we must be vigilant in protecting vulnerable people from those who would victimize them. I applaud the women who are speaking out against their abusers. I applaud you and your daughter for supporting them! <3
Your words are such an affirmation for me and all woman everywhere to stand up and speak out. What was I even thinking that it might be the wrong timing Cheryl. You are so right about that. I so much agree with you. I can’t believe we’re still talking about this and how far we have to go. Thanks for being such a strong advocate in the lives of woman and being such an amazing role model.
Thank you so much my friend!! 💞❣️
🥰🙏🏼💗 Thanks my dearest friend! 💞
It’s sad and surprising that it still rxists. Thank you, Cindy for sharing this heart touching this post. This situation is really insane and pathetic. Thanks for speaking up for a cause.
Thank you so much for being here KK. It is truly horrific and you’re so welcome and thank you. Together we do our best to speak up and out~! ❣️
Always welcome, Cindy 💖
that was powerful and heartfelt, thank you for raising awareness.
It is so cruel and inhuman. It is beyond understanding where we are heading. In poem you conveyed her feelings so beautifully
Thanks for the words in the poem that touched me deeply. And the photos amplify the poem’s urgent message. Why, oh why Oh, God— the despicable among us— why? What cowards!
Those beasts go after the weak and crestfallen (crestfallen, only because they don’t fit in well yet or haven’t arrived at a place where they fit yet in a new land) ((In their own countries they are someone!))
I know this. I experienced some of that prejudice and bigotry there, too.
I’m happy you used your platform to make us aware this continues— aren’t we our brother’s/sister’s keepers? One human race, for godsake!
And those beasts have good families too, I bet. Gag! This is too much.
There is no good time to expose this— the victims don’t even know it’s Christmas!
Bless you, Cindy.
Bless that poor girl and her kin.
May we find a way to eradicate prejudice and bigotry from this world.
Oh,so sad event.but thank you for sharing this terrible event.we should stand against this injustice activity.
Very touching and at the same time distrubing that there is no safe place today ahared my thought on my blog today
Thank you so much Namrata! ❣️ It’s very disturbing. I’ll check but I thought I did?
“Tear up any evil decrees against us, and let our merits instead be read before God.”
I so agree and thanks so much for being here. 🙏🏼
With all the celebrations, this is a very timely reminder that violence knows no seasons, it can happen to anyone, anytime. We must look out for each other all the time.
What a wonderful comment and thank you for your reminder always!!!❣️
That is heartbreaking… I have no words for that violence who was ever present against women. It’s a very sad post. May your friend heal and find joy anew in her heart.
And that Photography is beyond evocative. 💔💔😢
It really is and it is horrific really! I appreciate your kind wishes and heartfelt words.
Thanks so much.. yes, the captures were gutteral! ❤️
This is gripping!
We must never forget that horrific things are happening all over the world. Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, but that only happens when people want peace. Tyrants are all-too-real and don’t care about what we want. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom and peace.
Indeed.our voice against this type inhuman activities are heard.All Raptists should be punished.🙏
Thank you for this, Cindy. 💔❤️🩹
Thank you for sharing. It was so good of you to sit and speak with that young woman, and bear witness to her. You are a kind soul, and I know she cherished the interaction. This injustice is horrific, and I cannot fathom how people can act that way. Evil seems too easy an explanation.
Thanks for sharing thus for us and I’m so glad you talked to her and are trying to help. The things people and women in particular face is truly terrifying.
This is a very heartfelt post, Cindy. You speak for so many who are suffering in our world. It is hard to know how to feel sometimes. We are blessed with so much and so many have very little or nothing.
Thank you Dwight. We are so blessed and fortunate. It is these moments where it brings it front and center and reaching out is a small thing we can offer and feel good about. Blessings to you my friend. 💗
It’s heartbreaking to witness what is still happening to women and girls in this world. I’m touched by your story and poem. I admire you for stopping and listening to her, and bringing her story to us. It’s so easy to walk by.
Thank you so much for your kind appreciation and compassion. It’s sooo sad and I was grateful to have the opportunity. I’m so glad that I stopped as well and shared this.. Maybe it will bring hope and encouragement for all of us on some small level! ❤️
That is one very brave woman. It took me until the last photo to be able to read the totality of her very important message clearly so I’m glad you included it. There is a lot of confusion and corruption among good intentions. Peaceful protesting makes a difference, along with people being respectful of others and deeply listening, or simply standing and bearing empathetic witness. Your poignant poem is amazing. Bringing awareness is a powerful thing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this Lia all the way to the end. It was an inspiring and heartfelt moment. You are so welcome. We need to speak up and share what is right in our hearts! ❤️ Awareness is essential!