Saturday, November 14, 2015

Brown bodies that don't matter





[Drawn from Lydia Wilson's "What I discovered from interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters" published in The Nation and retrieved from http://www.thenation.com/article/what-i-discovered-from-interviewing-isis-prisoners/ on November 15, 2015]

Listening to the voice of a
young brown body
all of 26,
married, two children,
with a large family
to support.

Listening to the voice of a
young brown body
all of 26,
a lost adolescence,
to the occupation
that brought Freedom.

Listening to the voice of a
young brown body
all of 26,
wrapped in faith,
love for family,
lost for meaning.

Listening to the voice of a
young brown body
all of 26,
that lost a father,
disappeared, murdered, jailed,
perhaps in one of your Guantanamo camps.

Listening to the voice of a
young brown body
all of 26,
in search of faith,
in search of meaning,
in search of dignity.

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