From a friend who was at
The Mosque

September 19th, 1999


Louder and louder
The chants rise,
Swelling and pulsing,
Of one accord.

"Reformasi!"
The battle cry a year old
But no less potent
And no less needed.

A moving sea of people
Peaceful, purposeful,
Demanding justice.
When unprovoked, the police
Retaliate.

Chaos -
Stinging eyes
And throats,
Cries amid the lies.
Tear gas canisters
Pop
The water cannon
Sprays.

Today my heart bled
For the country,
Where the innocent
Are beaten and pushed back;
Where those in power
Abuse.

And Darkness seems to fall
Encompassing all.
Yet, the swell grows
The brave press on
United.

And the flame can never,
Must never,
Be quenched.

~ by Kid (LLC)

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