We, Marauding Rebels, are Caesar (EDIT)

We, Marauding Rebels, are Caesar(edit)

Red rivers of blood in the jungle
pink hibiscus flowers
birds of paradise, and
an 80-year-old woman
lying on her back, attacked by us
the most powerful rebels ever:
more than 200 women in Luvungi raped
we proudly declare, for

there’s tin and gold, you know
in the Democratic Republic of Rape.

We fear not the blue helmets, for
we’ll be made Generals in the Congo Army,
one of us will be President speaking
at the U.N. as a member, because

there’s tin and gold, you know, and
see how we conquer with a holler as

Anna Mburano lays bleeding on her hut floor
her cloudy eyes trying not to rain in shame
while she eats a few vegetables, starves, because

there’s gold for us in battle
and our speech is prepared for
the U.N. General Assembly.

Join us in joy and celebration.
We are the underdog to be embraced,
because rebels are chic and we
have our uniforms and bravado
like the terrorists we join in glory
with fame, fortune, and machismo

Ref: “4-Day Frenzy of Rape in Congo reveals U.N. Troops’ Weakness”, by Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, October 4, 2010, Vol.CLX, No. 55,183, pp. A1, A3.
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Red rivers of blood in the jungle
pink hibiscus flowers
birds of paradise, and
an 80-year-old woman
lying on her back, attacked by us
the most powerful rebels ever
more than 200 women in Luvungi raped
we proudly declare, for

there’s tin and gold, you know
in the Democratic Republic of Rape.

We fear not the blue helmets, for
we’ll be made Generals in the Congo Army,
one of us will be President
and we’ll join the U.N. as a member
because there’s tin and gold, you know
and see how we conquer with a holler as
Anna Mburano lays bleeding on her hut floor
her cloudy eyes trying not to rain in shame
as she eats a few vegetables, starves,
because there’s gold for us in battle
and we have a speech prepared for
the U.N. General Assembly.

Join us in joy and celebration.
We are the underdog to be embraced,
because rebels are chic and we
have our uniforms and bravado
just like all the terrorists we join in glory
with fame, fortune, and machismo

Ref: “4-Day Frenzy of Rape in Congo reveals U.N. Troops’ Weakness”, by Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, October 4, 2010, Vol.CLX, No. 55,183, pp. A1, A3.
—Douglas Gilbert

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One thought on “We, Marauding Rebels, are Caesar (EDIT)

  1. Saw this From “thinkpadius” on Reddit:
         “I thought this was good, also a fan of the enough project so this was already on my radar.
         For more impact you may want to space the poem out a bit more so the refrain can pop out a bit more. Otherwise evocative.”

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