Sunday, October 3, 2021

Poetry Break: This Matter by Haymanot

The following poem comes out of Write to Life--a British refugee-writing group that helps survivors of torture tell their stories through creative writing. 

This Matter by Haymanot

("This matter occupied the time of the Court from 10.20 a.m. to 10.28 a.m.")

Eight minutes they gave
for the light of me
to be switched on or switched off.

But that was O.K..
All that was on the agenda
was my small past,
my small future -

only a bangle of handcuffs
that suited my tiny hands;

only being dragged by the arms
so it polished the lucky airport floor
and saved me walking;

only three times staying
behind the eleven locked doors
of my holiday home.

I cried every day
but it wasn't too bad.
My tears cleaned my cheeks.

Eight minutes they gave.


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