Death Poem

guantanamoBy Jumah al Dossari, written while a prisoner in Guantanamo. After five years, he was released without charges. Published in Poems from Guantanamo: the Detainees Speak.

Take my blood.
Take my death shroud and
The remnants of my body.
Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely.

Send them to the world,
To the judges and
To the people of conscience,
Send them to the principled men and the faith-minded.

And let them bear the guilty burden before the world,
Of this innocent soul.
Let them bear the burden before their children and before history,
Of this wasted, sinless soul,
Of this soul which has suffered at the hands of the”protectors of peace.”

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