Special Offer
Tuesday, 28 May 2024 04:22

Special Offer

Published in Poetry

Special Offer

by Chris Norris

The State of Israel, strange as this may seem,
Has offered us Iranian folk its aid
In getting shot of our ‘hated regime’
By means of yet another bombing raid.

Rather as if, in Nineteen Thirty-Nine,
The Germans told the Czechs: ‘give us the wink,
Ask nicely, then we’ll cross your border-line
And fix up your regime-change in a blink’.

Rabbis for Mullahs, different sort of god,
Maybe another bout of genocide,
But please, just give our IDF the nod
And see if its famed goodwill’s bona fide.

Image above: The War Abroad, by Alix Amery

Not Going Home – ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’
Tuesday, 28 May 2024 04:22

Not Going Home – ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’

Published in Poetry

Not Going Home – ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ *

by Mark Cassidy

It is not done, they said,
to chain yourself to palace railings.
Go breaking window glass
or hatchet works of art.
Slash telegraph wires,
fire-bomb post boxes, railway stations
and Great Yarmouth pier.
Or burn your slogans in golf courses.
Not the done thing at all.

It is not done, they said,
to slice through miles of fence
and with your supine bodies
blockade our missile base.
Nor enter there as teddy bears
to dance on the silos, keening.
And when evicted, your camp destroyed,
to return, rebuild at night.
Not the done thing at all.

Not the done thing at all
to hang your banners over highways,
hijack state TV news,
rip down his face and stamp on it.
To whirl your hijabs like a black flag sea.
Or burn them on sticks held high
then cut your unscarved hair.
They say it is not done.
Not yet, we say, not yet.


* ‘Women Life Freedom’ was first chanted by the Kurdish Women’s Movement in 2006 to give voice to their revolutionary philosophy. Jina (Mahsa) Amini, whose murder at the hands of Iran’s ‘morality police’ triggered the uprising there, was Kurdish. Her name in Kurdish - Jina - was not officially recognised, and she may well have been more brutally treated because she wasn’t Persian.