Monday, June 22, 2009

Poem for Neda

Much of the world has reacted in horror to the brutal murder of Neda Agha-Soltan by a sniper at an election protest on Saturday which was caught on cell phone cameras and has gone viral. If the world didn't know the brutality of Iran's regime they know it now. The video is not for the faint of heart but the Obama Administration seeks to legitimize those that committed this act. We should know what Obama is getting us into.

With that here is a poem I have written in Neda's memory.

Poem for Neda

She came upon the town square
Joining thousands already there
Who wanted the world to see
An Islamic Republic that is not free

Amongst the Persian pipers
Were cowardly rooftop snipers
One blasted a hole in Neda’s heart
Hoping to tear a movement apart

As life poured out of her face
She stirred silence out of its place
Now there is no room for misconstruing
The world knows what this regime is doing

Sadly, the White House does not want their removal
In fact, the Coward-in-Chief seeks their approval
In the pursuit of narrow political need
Engagement with evil must proceed

It is absolutely appalling
You won’t answer Neda’s calling
At least be prepared to tell us how
You think Iran’s time is not now

Because every time you say it isn’t for us to meddle
The burgeoning flower of freedom loses another petal

1 comment:

banana_the_poet said...

For Neda.

The sun shines.
still blue sky.
birds sing
swoop and dive.

A shot rings out.

empty sky.
red stained ground.
yet the sun still shines.


Neda Agha Soltani - a beautiful, talented, gentle soul. She loved poetry.

This is my attempt to honour her as a much missed human being.