A poem…

Originally published on my Multiply blog 10/7/2009

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came…

Not that I have a lot of friends here on Multiply, in fact, I’ve probably alienated a few over the years, since my politics don’t match others, and I get tired of those blogs. Anywho, an old friend from High School passed this along to me.  It was given to me in reference to a situation here at home.  Neighbors afraid to speak out on their own behalf, or for others because another neighbor while “taking care of his own business” has become our very own local terrorist.

And it’s NOT okay!

And yup, I’m afraid–but, I was taught to stand up straight & tall, look the bastards in the eye and at the very least pretend I’m not afraid and fight for what is right and what is mine.

Peace of mind belongs to you and to me!  I’m not gonna back down.

And while I doubt that our Mr. Terrorist will ever see this…. some part of me hopes he does cause I want him to know…. I will NEVER back down.  Not really, not in the heart.  I may become more cautious, but, I won’t give him the satisfaction of knowing that he has broken my spirit.

IF I have survived a fourteen year long ordeal called marriage where I was beaten on an almost daily basis, Mr. Roper you won’t beat me! If I survived one rape after another, Mr. Roper you will not beat me! If I have lost family members one after another because of the sickness called family dysfunction, Mr. Roper there is NOTHING you can do that will hurt me!  IF anyone in this world is a survivor, Mr. Roper it is ME. You *MIGHT* win a battle (and so far, it looks to me like you’ve lost that too), but you can never win the war!

I might bend, but I’ll never break, Mr. Roper!

‘Taint gonna happen today.

About PeggyAnn

Professional PC Consultant, Researcher, & avid people watcher, Peggy Ann Rowe started into her genealogical quest at age 15 after watching the mini-series, "Roots" with her parents. This new obsession has fueled her love of history, & study of cultures & societies in every epoch. Today she is 57 years old with four kids who are all grown up (& all have flown the coop). In between her 'gigs' with clients she volunteered at many different non-profits. Former President, Secretary, and Director at Large on the board of the Douglas County Historical Society for 10+ years, and former Secretary at the Cloverdale Historical Society (Sonoma County) for nearly 10 years. This website is an attempt to share the knowledge she has gained about her family ties with others who may be interested in the same things. She does not guarantee 100% accuracy and does hope that you will send corrections. To learn more about her, click the "about" button in the page menu. Thanks! Another goal of this website is to disseminate a message (i.e. education) about domestic violence, child abuse, and all forms of sexual abuse to society at large. The message comes from real experience from the whole spectrum of the violence from sexual abuse by a perpetrator to sexual abuse perpetrated by a husband, to the abuse of children within the family. Peggy has seen it, lived it, and been hurt by it. There will on occasion be details that might be hard for some people to read, and a warning is usually posted at the beginning of the essay so that those who want to turn and not read may do so. The only way to teach and to let others learn what to avoid is to SHARE what happened with every detail necessary to make the point. Thank you.
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