Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Iraq War Grief Daily Witness Day 12

Iraqis receive the corpses of their killed relatives from the morgue of a hospital in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City. Iraqi and US forces have captured more than 600 fighters loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the US military said, while violence across the country claimed another 36 lives.
(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)


Easter Sunday, 1985
by Charles Martin

"To take steps toward the reappearance alive of the disappeared is a subversive act, and measures will be adopted to deal with it."
General Oscar Mejia Victores,
President of Guatemala



In the Palace of the President this morning,
The General is gripped by the suspicion
That those who were disappeared will be returning
In a subversive act of resurrection.

Why do you worry? The disappeared can never
Be brought back from wherever they were taken;
The age of miracles is gone forever;
These are not sleeping, nor will they awaken.

And if some tell you Christ once reappeared
Alive, one Easter morning, that he was seen—
Give them the lie, for who today can find him?

He is perhaps with those who were disappeared,
Broken and killed, flung into some ravine
With his arms safely wired up behind him.

7 comments:

RubDMC said...

for peace

olivia said...

peace

morrigan said...

I witness.

"I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."
from Dirge Without Music
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

anniethena said...

Peace, and witness

Denny in Seattle said...

Peace is not a dream, it's a necessity. Peace, please.

roses said...

For peace and consolation

moira said...

Peace. For the relatives. For the dead.