I had my post for today all ironed out and set to go, until I woke up this morning and saw the news and I simply lost the desire for a light and chatty post.
A sick feeling settled in my stomach as I watched in utter stupefaction, the constant replay of attacks on innocent people gathered together for a concert, gathered to cheer their teams at the stadium; coldly murdered.
It wearies one to ask why? Why this hysterical, senseless killing? It just no longer makes sense.
Just several days ago we were reeling from this and now this.
I have a very special affinity for Paris and France as a whole. It means more to me than just a lovely holiday spot.
I am bilingual ( English /French ) a language that I spent 5 years to learn and I owe loyalty to this beautiful Nation for the opportunities it presented to my life.
For several years, I worked for the Embassy of France and the European Union.
I met my husband at “Maison de France” and I always feel like a part of me has come home when I visit Paris.
They welcome and throw their doors open to all and sundry who come to pay homage to this iconic city of European heritage and they are the least discriminating people that I happen to know from my sojourns in different parts of the World.
Shame on this infamy!
Shame on humans whose behaviour are nothing less than cowardly and dishonourable!
Even as the bloodbath and carnage of innocent ones soaks into the soil of its land, France’s pride and it’s beauty can never be cut down!
Hearts bowed in pain, we grieve.
Thrumming heat in our veins we scream.
Why do you kill me?
For I have done you nothing!
I have dined with you!
I have lain with you!
I cried with you and I laughed with you!
Yet you gather like locusts,
To feast on my flesh!
Have I done you any wrong?
That you kill us in throngs?
A mother weeps for a lost child!
A father bemoans his loved ones!
For the souls cut down in cold blood!
Who have done you no wrong!
Let our courage not fail us!
Nor our hearts cease to beat within us!
For they shall never know peace!
For the loss of the deceased.
The torment of their souls shall never cease!
Until they seek to find peace!
Peut les âmes des défunts reposent en paix/May the souls of the departed rest in peace!
Vive La France!
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha