a poet's tongue's cut
off; words chipped
in his throat: they, unrescued
© 2011 Maureen E. Doallas________________________
This poem, in Shadorma form, is prompted by a real-life incident in Yemen in May in which the poet Walid Mohammed al-Ramisi, a highly enthusiastic supporter of embattled president Ali Saleh, was kidnapped and rendered forever mute. In Bahrain, the 20-year-old poet Ayat al-Ghermezi was arrested, raped, and killed by government security forces for daring to recite her anti-regime verse.
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