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I WILL RISE

Summayah  ~  BY KHALIL

when the dark of evening came,
you began your reign of bombs on our ancient land
and against the fires of anti-aircraft guns
I cradled my Summayah in my arms,
and I vowed to you,
oh, enemy of the sun,
we will resist.

your blue black bombs fell as
you came to our lands proclaiming
“all aggression must end!”
but it was you who created these nation states,
and for what reasons were our lands divided at your conference tables?
who was it that cut up our peoples into artificial boundaries?
who separated brothers, uncles and cousins?
before your coming we did not know such worlds.

did you not know?
that at the end of my day,
Summayah would run to the gate and jump into my arms?


Ahmad.
Summayah loved her uncle, Ahmad.
before the torturers trained at fort bragg, north carolina
disappeared him for one year.
before the electric prods
before the pulling of nails from fingers
drove him insane.

she loved Ahmad.
now he sits in the sun
everyday.

listen, enemy of the sun,
there are those of us who have read and studied
those of us, who know who underdeveloped africa,
the middle east,
asia,
the pacific,
and the americas.

Summayah would have been six in a month.
and she had asked me to buy her a blue bicycle.

listen, enemy of the sun,
be I left childless,
be I a grave digger,
be I chisling stone markers
I will rise,
you may delay us,
but you cannot stop us
.

today, we are burying Summayah.
no one speaks.
this is the new world order.

STOP, enemy of the sun!
do not tell me of your democracy,
do not speak of humanitarianism
oh, enemy of the sun,
if you continue to tell me these lies
I will tell you of the middle passage,
I will tell you of your wounded knee,
I will tell you of your trail of tears,
I will tell you of hiroshima,
I will tell you of chile,
I will tell you of grenada,
I will tell you of panama,
I will tell you of my iraq,
I will tell you of my Summayah.
but, for the peoples of the world,
I would like to imagine my grand-daughter describing Summayah’s laughter
filling clear air, and playing in open fields.

in writing the setting
she will point to these Summayahs looking to the skies:

the skies will be blue, clear and bright.

and our Summayahs will taste the scent of wildflowers
blossomings
.
 

 

 


 

COPIED FROM POET'S BASEMENT COUNTERPUNCH
Posted by: Mary at April 28, 2009 4:41 PM
http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/....
 

KHALIL (Luis Nieves) lives in Buffalo, New York and

can be reached at: spiritstones (at) hotmail.com

 

The Middle Passage was the brutal and horrific transportation of Africans across the Atlantic to the plantations of the Caribbean and Americas. Africans were captured and imprisoned in forts, or barracoons on the coast before enduring the inhumane conditions of the Middle Passage, or the ‘way of death’. Packed like sardines below deck, in filthy conditions, at least one million Africans lost their lives on the crossing. Wherever possible the enslaved resisted. Some violently challenged their oppressors, others preferred death as a way of resisting the treatment forced upon them.

http://www.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/main/04/index.shtml

 

 

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