Remembering a 15 Year Old Palestinian Woman in Prison Chained to the Bed Springs
She Had Refused to Stop Singing

Marilyn Buck

[This poem is read on the CD by Vini Bhansali. MP3 of this poem]

chained for singing
clear minor notes
still her song soars
skyward

women sing songs
               lullabies lovesongs
               blues songs
               chants of exiled lives
               and martyrs' death

voices search out sounds
               not yet noted on bars
               not yet ordered on scales

to bring down walls
               to raise Palestine, free

                                                            Summer 1988


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