Poetic encouragement from a seasoned victim turned starfighter

There are people who don’t like to use the word ‘victim’, for it may imply a ‘victim mentality’. My observations of victim stories since 1998 reminds me of my mum who used to tell me: “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

People who have been victimised can take their experiences as a challenge and become proud when they learned to master them – for at least having tried their best! This is the conclusion that the 75-year old victim turned starfighter has come to who sent me this marvellous poem:

Tell me not of mournful numbers,
‘Life is but an empty dream!’
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem –

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;

‘Dust thou art, to dust returnest
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Finds us farther than today.

Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero of the strife!
Trust no future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act – act in the living Present!
Heart within, with God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of Time;
Footprints, which perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s restless main,
A forlorn, shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up, and doing
With a heart for any fate –
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour, and to wait . ..

The Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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9 Responses to Poetic encouragement from a seasoned victim turned starfighter

  1. What a moving read. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Phil Thompson says:

    Nothing else. Thank you again for all you are doing. You mentioned in a post that you were tired. I PRAY that you have recovered and are renewed to continue against INJUSTICE.

    • Phil

      I decided to replace the Musa name with ‘victim’ in your text. Just to be sure…

      Hope you don’t mind.

      Yes, I’m still exhausted, tired and stressed, but I like to turn it into the “joy of burnout”…


  5. Phil Thompson says:

    Impromptu for Sabine.
    I had only met this lady once
    By chance by looking at the internet.

    Causes raised with no advance
    Knowledge of causes she intended to DO
    Here we are since we met.

    While supporting the Musa family
    A call came from nearby Cafe
    On entering there Sabine with Chocolat Fondeau
    Introduced me to Isabelle and Charles with delight.

    All I saw from the Lady Sabine
    Was the intensity of why she was there.
    In the corridor.
    Later sitting in the corridors of POWER
    I listened to the MUSAS and how
    They tried to protect themselves
    From the accusations.

    Then as the day progressed,
    At least 20 DARK DRESSED people
    Assembled to plan their NEXT
    Offensive against the Musa family.

    This is not a Rhyme or a poem, but in a garbled way how I saw the case on that day.

    • Dear Phil

      You are most sweet in your appreciation!

      I just took the line of the RCJ out. For I have a ‘reporting restriction order’ threatening me with prison by Haringey Council. They have begun ‘committal proceedings’ against the Musas and are bound to do the same with me as soon as they realise that I’m in London. They should think that I’m outside their jurisdiction in Germany.

      THANK YOU!


  6. Anonymous says:

    lovely reading so nice

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