Lisa Rhodes

Rookie - 114 Points (Born 1962 / Manhattan, New York City)

The Kibeho Slaughterhouse - Poem by Lisa Rhodes

The Rwandan battle front
drowned into a red sea:
a private shooting gallery
where government troops
massacred children and women,
dismembered bodies, stomping
over them, leaving their
footprints bloody branding
bare backs, soaking
each victim like a dry-

ice cube burning minds
touched by
naked eyes, blood, big brother.

It is the Killing Season-
a sport in Rwanda-
to massacre
women and children
for the welfare of politics?

'Scapegoat the babies,
people will listen;
There cannot be a cleansing without
the shedding of blood, ' said the militia.


Comments about The Kibeho Slaughterhouse by Lisa Rhodes

  • Khairul Ahsan (11/24/2013 1:04:00 PM)


    Horrific and ghastly! (Report) Reply

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  • Kefentse Sathekge (11/4/2007 10:42:00 AM)


    Provoking poem. Makes 1 to want to act. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011


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