Everything on the Topic of Suffering

2007 September 5

A poem from Guantanamo

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 5:23 pm

Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, edited by Ariel Dorfman, Marc Falkoff, and Flagg Miller, University Of Iowa Press, 2007.

An excerpt:

DEATH POEM

Take my blood.
Take my death shroud and
The remnants of my body.
Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely.
Send them to the world,
To the judges and
To the people of conscience,
Send them to the principled men and the fair-minded.
And let them bear the guilty burden, before the world,
Of this innocent soul.
Let them bear the burden, before their children and before history,
Of this wasted, sinless soul,
Of this soul which has suffered at the hands of the “protectors of peace.”

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