I'm Coming Home
by Tom Flannery copyright 2003
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It's been 9 long years
but now I'm coming home
they told me I could leave
said I was free to die alone
I do what I'm told
I've always been this way
tell me to turn my head
I'll surely look the other way

I could deny the killing
for some that's still the plan
but I again have to live with those
who've seen blood on my hands
they asked me for the names
of those who died at my feet
but I can't recall the faces
so the names I can't repeat

I'm coming home
home to what I left behind
and that should weigh heavy
on an un-repentant mind

They may seek to kill me
but revenge is a subtle whore
I killed some for their light skin
or the glasses that they wore
and now the court has told me
it's over go on home
I've got all I own in my 2 hands
and a wish to be left alone

I'm coming home
home to my own kind
you said never again
do you mean it this time?

you say you're not capable
of the things that I have done
but it's hard to stop a moving train
once it has begun
swept up like the sand that's
carried away by the ocean waves
it's my job to stay alive
and it's the Lord's job to save

I'm coming home
with a bible and a prayer
and the hope that when I close my eyes
I won't see you there

It's been 9 long years
but now I'm coming home
they told me I could leave
said I was free to die alone
I do what I'm told
I've always been this way
tell me to turn my head
I'll surely look the other way


 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes
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In early 2003 the Rwandan government released some 16,000 genocide perpetrators who have served up to 9 years in prison for the systematic murder of nearly 1,000,000 of their neighbors in 1994. Since only the "big fish" are being tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (the ICTR), many of the actual murderers are being sent home to live in the same villages where they killed. 

Most of the released prisoners are self-confessed killers, although not always repentant. When one was asked why he did what he did, he replied, "We just did what we were told". Sound familiar? How about the Nuremberg defense.."We were just following orders."

Imagine convicted Nazi's being sent to live among European Jews to get a feel for what is happening in Rwanda right now.