Difference Maker Shari Eppel’s poem about Libya

Shari Eppel has shared her poem about the recent brutality in Libya.

I’ve written before about Shari Eppel, a Zimbabwean human rights activist I met last November in Orvieto, Italy.  Shari has worked tirelessly the past 16 years to document, counter and stop the abuses of the Mugabe regime.

She’s also a poet.

Here is her latest, which she shared with other members of this year’s class of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and gave me permission to post here.

LIBYA: 22 February 2011

Gadaffi furls and unfurls his umbrella

a giant albino bat’s wing

in the desert

where it never rains

but tonight

bombs hail down from the sky

shredding pale flesh to lace…

red tear drops splatter

on the desert’s face

in this frail fight for freedom

where people scream unheard into radio silence

and hospitals try to contain the pain.

Tell the world, the crying doctor implores,

he is killing the innocent –

we who want peace, only peace

and outside it storms, it storms

bullets thunder and flash

fires glow as buildings fall

-can you hear it, can you hear?

Ash blows, and bodies are laid below.

The madman flails his fists

rails at the ‘dogs’ of truth

declares his joy at being still here

where pain rains down

and the world can only gaze in awe

offering as little hope

as a white silk umbrella

to those who wring their hands at the skies.




4 responses to “Difference Maker Shari Eppel’s poem about Libya

  1. Beautiful and powerful, Shari! Thank you for sharing this – and thank you Jeff for posting! I miss you guys and feel so lucky to be tied by this medium and HPRT.
    Prayers for Libya and for you all!!


  2. And who paid for the umbrella?

    Libyan Oil Exports:
    Italy (32%)
    Germany (14%)
    China (10%)
    France (10%)
    Spain (9%)
    USA (5%)
    Brazil (3%)
    Other Euros (13%)
    Other Asian (4%)

    “red tear drops splatter on the desert’s face,” and on our gas pumps.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s