For Ashraf

For Ashraf

For Ashraf

“Still Imprisoned”

28 July 2016

 

No news from you, brother,

though everyone else is making

much noise now

in your name

here, in this country of the heart,

this almost invisible place in space

 

everyone, but you,

of course,

 

you’re missing from the party,

they’ve lost the plot

in your country-of-the-silent

in this cursed place

where we are sent for our sins,

this solitary sin of being alive

 

of having a heart that beats

of having wings instead of claws

flesh instead of steel

a poem instead of a whip.

 

No news here, Ashraf

where i sit,

though all around me

everyone is calling out for you

 

“where’s Ashraf?” even the birds

here call out

and the dogs on the street shout

“how’s he doin’?”

 

“Is he bearing up?”

my soul asks too,

on this day, of all days

 

as if the frantic beating of

our collective hearts

and all the poetry in the world,

could set you free!

 

 

 

séamas carraher

“Still Imprisoned”

28 July 2016

 

No news from you, brother,

though everyone else is making

much noise now

in your name

here, in this country of the heart,

this almost invisible place in space

 

everyone, but you,

of course,

 

you’re missing from the party,

they’ve lost the plot

in your country-of-the-silent

in this cursed place

where we are sent for our sins,

this solitary sin of being alive

 

of having a heart that beats

of having wings instead of claws

flesh instead of steel

a poem instead of a whip.

 

No news here, Ashraf

where i sit,

though all around me

everyone is calling out for you

 

“where’s Ashraf?” even the birds

here call out

and the dogs on the street shout

“how’s he doin’?”

 

“Is he bearing up?”

my soul asks too,

on this day, of all days

 

as if the frantic beating of

our collective hearts

and all the poetry in the world,

could set you free!

 

 

 

séamas carraher

 


Tags assigned to this article:
séamas carraherTop

Related Articles

Russia: One Way to Silence a Critic

Russian political opposition leader Alexei Navalny boards a train before leaving from a railway station in Moscow on July 17,

Story of ordinary violence

This is the appalling story of Emine Gulmez who broke her silence after 18 years of solitude and fear.Emine Gulmez

Ireland: Constitutional Ban on Abortion Defeated

Many of the civil liberties enjoyed elsewhere in Europe (contraception, divorce, abortion) were, for a long time, denied in Ireland, largely on the grounds of the Roman Catholic faith

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment