‘Waiting for Change’

IN MEMORY OF REGINA ( 29 th May 2008)

Regina was a rescue dog living in Ribercan shelter in the town of Carcaixent Valencia, Spain. On 29th May 2008, thugs broke into the shelter and Regina was sexually abused, tortured and killed during the attack on the premises. Other dogs were frightened away from the shelter when their quarters were badly damaged but Regina was petrified and too timid to fight back. Shelter volunteers said they had only just begun to gain Regina’s trust.

In memory of Jonah, by Maria Daines


A short tragic life lived in pain
Not pain that leads to something better
To recovery, or a quiet peaceful home
Safe with those you know
Where you are wanted for your happy presence
Treasured for your soft ears
And trusting eyes
Welcomed for your gentle spirit
Called upon when you stray too far
Missed when you are out of sight
Or a little too far from loving arms
Arms that would have cradled you
As you slept, dreaming of love…
Now, dear Jonah, you slumber safe
In the eternal shelter of a million caring hearts
For not all human beings are cruel
The ones who let you down
The callous brutes who could not see
How much you mattered
Those that trespassed through your right to life
Those that dragged barriers across your final hope
Drawing curtains of ignorance around your sorrow
So your suffering might be alone
They, and only they, each and every one that stole your escape
Keeping you far from rescue
They may waken each morning
With the knowledge that they matter least.
For their aging broken souls carry boulders of emptiness
Their shallow agenda will weaken and be rendered useless
Their eyes shall dim with cowardice
And their hollow, worthless shame
Shall become a prison for their lack of dignity.
Yet you, dear creature of another world
Resting soundly now, your body healed of ache and pain
Renewed and repaired, you are at one with the Rainbow
Aloof from this planet where a species of savages roams
You shall be remembered always, far from this dumb world
You will shine brightly as a butterfly in moonlight
You are amongst the friends who gathered you to their hearts
Friends who tried to pull you closer through an unfathomable distance
Friends who wished you an almighty strength
To fight an interminable struggle of indifference
They will never know the power, Jonah
Or the pleasure of man’s beautiful best friend
A friend who would be devoted to their very being
Loyal and enchanting, a comrade in compassionate war
The antidote to human angst and a miracle beyond all reason
Each heart encased in fur shall live amongst the brave forever more.
Those who let you down
And those who were not content with living their own wretched life
Those who blocked your path to recovery simply because they could
Those so ignorant that they possess nothing of any value
Their empathy is shipwrecked somewhere in a shrunken sea
They are already forgotten…
Whilst you remain a rock of hope and a beacon of our need
A symbol of all that we may overcome
You were not ruined, they could not break you
For you are what they can never be.
You live inside those that care for life
You belong to everyone that ever cared.
And through your suffering this night shall never end
For wherever the voiceless guardians unite
Wherever they stand tall and turn against the cruelty
Wherever a plea is heard
There will be no silence. No apathy
No challenge worthy if not borne of love
Your life and death will never be over.
Your brief moment in this bleak space and time
Will not be in vain.
You are our memory
We promise.

Maria Daines
November 2008


‘Songs for the voiceless, music for the soul’