Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Habeo corpus
for Abdul Hamid Al-Ghizzawi
I ask myself
Why should I care
about some terrorist
sick, dying a slow death
in a prison
in solitary
on an island?


Why should I care
about his yellowed skin and eyeballs
his cold sweats
the searing pain eating into his side?

Why should I care
if he never sees his wife again
if his daughter was an infant
when last he kissed her
six years ago?


Why should I care?
He put himself there
He and his kind

that threaten us
deserve to rot in prison forever

Why should I care?
Am I this prisoner's keeper?

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