Hell is empty and all the devils are here

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Last night
14th of July, Bastille Day — when my country celebrates the day the People took control, getting rid of the monarchy and inherited privileges — a day which represents Freedom.

Families, fireworks, freedom
and a single lone truck
mowing people down
hitting at random
indiscriminately
purposefully
leaving a trail of blood
on the road
The promenade becomes
a crime zone
innocent people thrown
everywhere, like rag dolls

What kind of an animal
targets a crowd full of children

I forced myself
to look
at the carnage
crudely orchestrated by some savage

Why shield my eyes
when I can’t shield my mind?
So, I look
It’s horrific
incomprehensible
My heart falters and pleads: no more!

Today
I am still in shock
but mainly
I am angry
furious, actually
I am seething
Enough is enough is enough
Leave France & Freedom alone
you sick fanatic fucks
You’ll never win,
regardless of the blood & terror you’ve sown

🇫🇷 My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, my thoughts are with anyone affected by this latest assault on freedom, my thoughts are with my country I love so very dearly, my thoughts are with the people of France 🇫🇷
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88 thoughts on “Hell is empty and all the devils are here

  1. We are devastated over here at what has happened in your beautiful country on Bastille Day. Those rabid bastards must be stopped. My heart goes out to you, Nathalie, a long with that of the civilized world.

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    1. Rabid bastards, that’s exactly what they are! I just keep thinking of all the children and babies, the families that were there last night 😪
      Thank you for your support, I’ve told everyone this… but all the kind thoughts from everyone really do mean a lot 💜

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    1. I guess we all are, there have been so many attacks of the kind in the last couple of years, and not just in France obviously, but it does feel like it is becoming the norm and that’s really scary.
      Thank you for the support – hugs back!

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    1. Thank you, you’ve summed it up perfectly: “diabolical and barbaric act of hate and cowardice”, that’s exactly what it was…and there have been too many of those lately!
      Thanks so much for the kind thoughts xo

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  2. I stand with you my sister. My mom lives in Grasse, I grew up around Nice. So many memories. Strangely, the other day a cousin was saying ‘at least it doesn’t happen here’ – careful what you say always. Everything you say here, I feel and agree with. Sometimes being away from somewhere for a long time, you feel you’ve lost touch, then something like this happens, you’re right back there, with a force of anger surging out of you so unexpectedly. Home will always be home. Even when it’s not. I stand with you my sister, that’s all I find myself repeating, wishing I could give you a hug, wishing I could go out and punch someone, wishing nobody ever hurt anyone, wishing, wishing.

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    1. You always know what to say, don’t you? Yes, that’s exactly how I feel about France, I haven’t lived there in so long and yet…when something like this happens it hurts all the way through to my core. This one last night was particularly bad because there were so many kids…entire families with babies…and someone purposefully killed as many of those people, kids included, as they could. It’s just too much. I’ve had such a rough few weeks…and now, this…I don’t know, I’m losing my faith in humanity. I know there are good people out there, I’ve got quite a few in my life, thank fuck, but…I guess I’m just emotionally and physically exhausted. Thanks sister. You, you are one in a million and I wish you were nearer.

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      1. I wish I were also. I would try to protect you from feeling that way. But I know you’re only feeling what anyone seeing what is happening would feel. You have a right. It isn’t negative it’s honest. You’re just reacting to a world in chaos. I can only hope things will change. You are part of that change, with your courage and your good words. Just know this, as much as we lose faith in humanity (and I feel the same way) there are good people still – they love you so much just look at all the comments on your page and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Just know I’m thinking of you. I’ve always got your back. x

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      2. Everyday I am grateful for the people I have met online. One of my “real” friends said once that “online friends” were not real, that they couldn’t possibly know me and I couldn’t possibly know them. Tried as I did, I couldn’t convince him otherwise but wrong he was, and is. There are so many amazing people I’ve met just here on WordPress and my life is richer for them — you are one of them and I’m so lucky and grateful to have met you. Thank you for being there 💜

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      3. I’ve been told the same thing. I was mocked for having ‘so many online non-real friends’ but funnily enough when the shit hits the fan, who calls to check? When I most needed someone the ones who came, they were the online friends. So I totally feel you here. It is also saying a lot about YOU because people like you because they know what you are, through your writing. This could not be accomplished if you were not talented and if you were not the person you are. I like how people can find us through our souls revealed in writing, rather than say, because they think we have nice tits – ! right? How is that ‘not real’ and nice-tits is?

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  3. I think we are faced with a movement of madness. There is no longer a reason or any objective in these atrocities. It no longer matters who the victims are. These people will eat their own; they would blow up the entire world if they could. But they can’t, because we won’t let them. My heart goes out to you, the victims and their families, and everyone in beautiful France.

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    1. Yes, you’ve got it summed up right, they would indeed “eat their own”. No, we can’t and won’t let them win, but it is hard not to feel helpless and angry and devastated when they target families and kill children on a balmy summer night.
      Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words 💜

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  4. I am so sorry, my beautiful N. My heart breaks for you, France, for this world. We are all in a war between good and evil and there is no longer any way that any of us can pretend it away. I do have hope and I do BELIEVE that GOOD will conquer evil and hate. I am praying for all of you. I am praying for France in this desolate moment. I am praying for our world that we rise from this with renewed strength and hope and not let grief paralyze our hearts and resolve. I love you, Beauty ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🇫🇷

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    1. Thank you, gorgeous. Like you, I want to believe that good will conquer evil, it’s just hard believing it when you’re staring at pictures of the mangled bodies of children on your TV. But, you are right, we mustn’t let grief (and in my case, anger) take over our lives.
      Thank you for a thoughtful and beautiful comment, you lovely soul and gorgeous person. I love you too ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  5. My thoughts and prayers have been, and are, with the families and friends of the victims, the whole city and, indeed, all of France. Words fail to aptly describe how I feel in the face of such horrific tragedy… I am so very, very sorry and pray that we can somehow bring an end to such inhuman, demonic violence.

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    1. Let’s hope that we can, the world has become a frightening place and remaining positive gets harder and harder with each life taken in such horrific manner. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I believe I said this to someone else already, but I’m sure France as a whole can feel and appreciate the waves of love coming in from all around the world. Again, thank you 💜

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  6. Dearest beautiful girl, I just wanted to write again today and say I was thinking of you this weekend and I am sending you lots of love and a big hug. I know it is a very, very hard time and I just want you to know people care so much about you (I am one) and so many good loving thoughts are out there with your name on. If I could give you a real hug I would but in absence of that, just know, you are cared about very much and in me you have a friend, in this life and in the one after. (Which hopefully will have dragons in) (better do!). xx

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    1. This comment…balm for my heart. I’ll repeat what I said earlier, because it’s worth repeating…I’m so grateful we’ve found each other. And man, there’d better be dragons in the next life, and we’d better be able to ride them. Also, I want swords and leather robes. xx

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      1. Sometimes I’d have liked to be a man (though I’d sorely have missed all the accoutrements of femininity and hell, not having loads of shoes, that’s just a wrong that cannot be repaired!) because I’d have liked to go out and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in a way I think men did back in the day. I realize that’s fantasy but it’s an impulse I get from time to time that I think you understand well. I felt it when Cerci said her now-epic lines …I choose violence. Now I’m re-watching GoT I see why Cerci probably will die a firey death and I marvel that I sympathized with her, yet I did/do because whilst she made mistakes she was a woman in a man’s world, a woman trying not to be an object. I totally get that. Anyway you are the kind of girl most girls should be, you look 100 percent girl, but you have the fierce heart of a dragon rider. That’s the modern woman, that’s who all little girls should grow up to be. Let that protect you through dark times, knowing you are the light, you bring change in little but significant ways. Never stop being YOU.

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      2. What is that saying? The best compliment is someone outdoing your own efforts, I think you’re that someone, and as well as easy on the eyes you have the soul of a hundred souls Nathalie.

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      3. ha ha ha ha! I totally do that too! You do have a really good sense of humor. It’s a damn dying art and especially unusual for beautiful women to be comedic which is probably what makes you a rareity

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      4. Lol, who are these beautiful women you are talking about?
        You know my sense of humour can be twisted since I loved AND laughed at Cersei sipping that wine while the sept exploded in that beautiful green cloud 😉

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      5. ha ha ha ha! You have the best humor! Maybe I’m twisted too and just appreciate that about you but either way, it works! It is true many women don’t know how to laugh at themselves, they’re too busy posing and being self-conscious – it’s good when you can just BE

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  7. My thoughts are with you and your country, in a divided Europe it is time we all stand together, crack down with some real zero tolerance on these uneducated zealots and not be held to ransom by their beliefs.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, there’s definitely need for a major crack down on all this radicalisation nonsense. I’ve been saying it for ages, but until we stop with this political correctness narrative and start really addressing the issues to do with fanaticism and
      Religion, nothing will change. There will be another barbaric attack, and another.
      Thank you so much for your thoughts, you can’t possibly realise how much I appreciate them 💜

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      1. It is hard to imagine any of our politicians having a back bone. They need to lead not pander to political correctness.

        You always heve my thoughts my friend, through good and bad.

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  8. Hi Nathalie I guess wordpress unfollowed us! I am so glad I found you again. I want you to know that my thoughts are with you during this horrific time I have many dear friends in France including you. I had to come here to check that you’re well! Hugs and love Carolina

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    1. Hi Carolina, are you telling me WordPress has played its usual tricks on us? I hate it when it randomly unfollows people and you’re unaware of it so you don’t realise for ages :-/
      Thank you so much for checking up on me, you’re such a doll! I hope all your French friends are okay, I hope you’re okay also. I really appreciate your visit and your kind words. Hugs and love to you too 💜

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      1. You’re welcome and yes wordpress did played that trick on us infact when I went on your Blog I found out that I was unfollowing! I hate when it happens! I knew was strange that I haven’t seen your posts in awhile! Now we are connected again ❤ be well my dear sending you lots of love!

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