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    sagesweetwater Lesbian Novelist

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    Let me take you from this
    sweatshop, Saffron, this
    sweatshop who dresses all of
    you workers in identical blue-gray
    uniforms and insist you all park
    your bicycles neatly, front wheels
    pointing in the same direction.

    A labyrinth linking the bloody
    wars of the world of diamond
    mines where you work, security
    guards standing over you, where
    you have been living on illusion
    that one day a "big stone" will
    free you from misery.

    Saffron, you're enslaved to the
    bloody, terrorized world of
    "blood" diamonds, a vicious
    rebel army systematically hacking
    off limbs, their rebel control of
    rich diamond fields, why you're
    little more but a slave, the tarnish
    luster of the diamond industry,
    a victim of the Revolutionary
    United Front.

    Let me take you from this
    sweatshop, Saffron, to where
    eagle and hawk will free you,
    don't watch the calculator fly
    across the table, they tell you,
    "poor today, a millionaire
    tomorrow."

    Your odds of scoring that
    diamond are five million to one,
    when you bend over to tie your
    shoelace, the rebel army will
    hack off your leg, why you're
    little more but a slave.

    Let me take you from this
    sweatshop, Saffron, to where
    eagle and hawk will free you
    from the diamonds, "blood"
    diamonds that back international
    loans, pay debts, pay bribes, buy
    drugs, buy arms, a mecca for
    money launderers that can be
    easily moved and sold elsewhere.

    Diamonds are conducive to
    secrets, eagle and hawk are
    free to fly openly. Diamonds
    give no clue as to where on or
    in the earth they originated.
    Eagle and Hawk originated from
    the Spirit

    Let me take you from this
    sweatshop, Saffron, to where
    eagle and hawk will free you
    before it's too late and you
    start to smuggle stones across
    the border where your slaughter
    will quickly ensue.

    Let me take you from this
    sweatshop, Saffron, to where
    eagle and hawk will free you.


    Copyright 2006 Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist
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    PaintedDiary JPiC Mentor

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    Dear Ms Sagesweetwater...first and foremost the painting....Oooo the painting is beautiful. I have read about this subject matter some time ago. I am just amzed at the wealth and depth of which you write. Does this piece have a personal connection or significance, if I may ask?

    Painted

    sagesweetwater Lesbian Novelist

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    I was motivated to write this poem through my research on the blood diamonds, in Angola where human lives are taken and diamond workers maimed or worse, swathed in bloody bandages, gunfire and grenade, ravaged in civil strife "conflict" diamonds that slave labor unearth that finance the desperate efforts of rebel warlords, where the rebel Sierre Leone army control the rich diamond fields and hack off arms and legs, a horrified industry, why I BOYCOTT diamonds. If people only knew where they come from and the violence involved! Slave labor too!

    Sage
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    nomadicrhymer JPiC Premium VIP Member

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    Awesome write, Sage....SUCH a LONG history behind all this...I can't understand the fascination with jewelry, since I don't wear any, but even so, most people don't care how they're harvested...only if they will be able to get what they want. The world revolves around selfish people....still! Brilliantly emotive piece!!

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    sagesweetwater Lesbian Novelist

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    Hi nomadicrhymer,

    Thanks for your reply! Even people don't know what they are buying in Native American jewelry because the sellers say it is "Indian-made" which is not truly authentic Indian jewelry, so they hire impoverished Native Americans on the Reservations to re-string heishi bead necklaces so they can call it Indian-made. The Indian who does this work is not doing their Native American community any good by this false representation. I have this documented in my next novel, BLUE CORN WOMAN to be released hopefully this summer sometime. Take care of you...Blessed Be...

    Warmly,

    Sage
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    MsJacquiiC Poetica Magnifique

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    Yeah - I'm lovin' that painting - Exquisite actually! Kinda like this poem. This poem is "soft" if you will - There's a soft pleading of sorts - A freedom chant or sorts - But the wisdom is flowing like "Saffron's" brown locks.

    This is simply beautiful to me. Especially after having recently seen the movie Blood Diamonds.... Treacherous trade! But there's wisdom in your words MS SAGE - soothing actually. A soothing, melodious freedom-chant.

    Quite nice really! And I think I hear ya - I'd rather the rare yellow sapphire anyday! Truly!
    Inspiring write - makes for a very nice read!
    Thanx for sharing this one with us SAGE ;)

    Jacquii.


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    Jeez Banned

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    Ms Sage...,

    Your write tells us
    of such pain because
    of greeds.

    Still... ' will have no
    sparkles of hard coal.

    Only the glimmer of
    you beaming from
    my eyes.

    Thanks for the
    read.


    Posted By Jeez | Apr 25, 2007
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