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Human Rights Poem (86): The Homeland

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(source) The Homeland, by Adunis (translation by M.M. Badawi) To the faces that harden behind a mask of gloom I bow, and to streets where I left behind my tears; To a father who died, green as a cloud With a sail on his face, I bow, And to a child that is sold In order to pray and clean shoes (In our land we all pray and clean shoes); To a stone I inscribed with my hunger, […]

Human Rights Poem (84): Suicide in the Trenches

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Suicide in the Trenches, by Siegfried Sassoon I knew a simple soldier boy….. Who grinned at life in empty joy, Slept soundly through the lonesome dark, And whistled early with the lark. In winter trenches, cowed and glum, With crumps and lice and lack of rum, He put a bullet through his brain. And no one spoke of him again. You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home […]

Human Rights Poem (83): The Baghdad Zoo

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(source) The Baghdad Zoo, by Brian Turner An Iraqi northern brown bear mauled a man on a streetcorner, dragging him down an alley as shocked onlookers cried for it to stop. There were tanks rolling their heavy tracks past the museum and up to the Ministry of Oil. One gunner watched a lion chase down a horse. Eaten down to their skeletons, the giraffes looked prehistoric, unreal, their necks too fragile, too graceful for the […]

Human Rights Poem (82): What Work Is

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(source) What Work Is, by Philip Levine We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work. You know what work is–if you’re old enough to read this you know what work is, although you may not do it. Forget you. This is about waiting, shifting from one foot to another. Feeling the light rain falling like mist into your hair, blurring your vision until you think you see […]