Speak

January 21, 2007

 

Bangladesh

Anwar Hossain

 

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Speak, your lips are free.
Speak, it is your own tongue.
Speak, it is your own body.
Speak, your life is still yours.

 

See how in the blacksmith’s shop
The flame burns wild, the iron glows red;
The locks open their jaws,
And every chain begins to break.

 

Speak, this brief hour is long enough
Before the death of body and tongue:
Speak, ’cause the truth is not dead yet,
Speak, speak, whatever you must speak.

 

Stanza

 

If they snatch my ink and pen,
I should not complain,
For I have dipped my fingers
In the blood of my heart.
I should not complain
Even if they seal my tongue,
For every ring of my chain
Is a tongue ready to speak.

 

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

 

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Bernadette with Silver Eyes

John Running

 

PS You really should visit Anwar’s site to get the full experience of this photo.

Kim

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