Neda

What’s going on in Iraq right now is fucked up. This isn’t finished, just a draft, but it kinda had to come out. Right Now.

Neda

I just watched you die
on YouTube.
While your father’s screams
tore through the streets of Tehran
I sat at my safe desk
eating my safe breakfast
while you bled out
the last seconds of your sixteen years
in the middle of a street
thousands of miles away
because you wanted
what I’ve never been without.
While I shoved a Twix bar down my throat
the last flicker of light
went out
of your eyes
on my monitor.
While I slept
thousands marched
into the jaws of a machine
hell-bent on status quo
that chewed you up
and spit you out
onto the internets
where your story
can live on
even as they wash your blood
from the streets.

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