I stole these words from syria
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Issue Five & Poetry

I stole these words from Syria

By Sandra Renew

why are the poets the first to be killed?
he was killed because of that poem
where did he hide his poems?
he hides them in his head
and so did we…
when they opened his chest with those bullets
they saw the words also on his heart
a poet is a dangerous thing to be…

 

(First published in One Last Border: Poetry for Refugees(eds. Hazel Hall, Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew, Ginninderra Press, 2015).)

Artwork by Kathryn Lamont.