Labani Water Treatment Rehabilitation Project, ©Alan Pogue, 2001, Abu Floos, Iraq.
Veterans for Peace raised and spent more than $70,000 to rehabilitate this plant which serves 40,000 people. This is the party celebrating completion of the project.
Rewind reality so the gray heap
of someone’s brains rushes back into
a broken skull. Unlight the firestorm
so fragments of ash
meld back together. Attach severed arms and legs
to bodies. Breathe life
back into dead children
and their parents. Repair the waste of soldiers who
are battered and die
obeying an illegal campaign.
Draw blood and bad water up from sand, purify
the water. Restore
the lives of human beings caught in the human
catastrophe “shock and awe” has wrought
on the world — in our name.
It is a mistake to think weapons fix anything.
Justice solves human problems, not bombs.
We suffer from bad government.
Enormous errors tangle the American will —
We think we are a free people.
We think we have a free press. We don’t.
Stealth corporations have usurped our constitution.
Human survival on earth depends on our being able
to control them. I startle awake, these words
on my lips —
Unbomb Iraq. Unbomb Iraq. Unbomb Iraq.
(written on the second day of Shock and Awe)
©Susan Bright, 2003, published in The Layers of Our Seeing, 4th edition
print date: 12/08/06.
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
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