Archive | August, 2011

Liberated Libya

22 Aug

Last night came the pictures of rebels celebrating in the streets of Tripoli after they finally advanced into the city. The morning brought news that Saif Gadaffi was captured and the rebels controlled most of the capital. Now that Gadaffi’s regime is crumbling before our eyes, I hope we have learned the lessons of Iraq and we have a plan post gadaffi for creating a stable nation that is fair and democratic after decades of dictatorial rule.

Celebration (liberation)

Celebration,
On the streets jubilation,
The hour of liberation now at hand. Libya has awoken,
The tyrants iron grip broken.
On the streets celebration,
The light of hope burning at last,
Hope for a bright future,
Yet have we learned lessons from the past?
Will we aid their resurrection rather than just watch in jubilation?
A new libya is rising, from the ashes a phoenix rising.
Bring your bricks and mortar for tomorrow we rebuild,
for now we join the celebration!

Berlin Wall- an unhappy birthday

14 Aug

 

Construction of the wall

 

This weekend marked 50 years since the Berlin Wall was built, the beginning of a 28 year division of a city by a concrete barrier. The number of people who died trying to cross the Wall is disputed – at least 136 are known to have been killed but victims’ groups say the true number is more than 700. Yet against the odds, the wall came down in 1989, and since 1990 a reunited Germany has become a major player in a peaceful united Europe. I write the following poem in order to attempt to express the sheer horror of those who woke up on a morning in 1961 to a city and a world changed forever.

WALL

Imagine you woke up one day to a wall,

A concrete barrier dividing your city, your country,

A wire shackle to imprison you,

Constrain you,

Like an animal in a cage,

A wall.

For being beyond the barrier,

Your friends are denied to you,

Your lover’s touch and carress denied to you.

Imagine you had a hole in your soul, pierced by the barbed wire and concrete,

Imagine you woke up to a wall.