CPTnet 25 May 2010
IRAQ POEM: The Cemetery at Barzan
by Sam Jerome
[Note: Jerome was a member of the April 2010 CPT delegation to Iraq.]
The Barzani: a clan, a people from Barzan;
Barzani: their leader, inciting rebellion against Saddam;
Saddam: the intolerant, hatred untamed;
He storms in and transports 10,000 of the clan
to the south,
But now, after years,
the graves are exhumed.
Brought north, to Kurdistan,
to their home: Barzani land.
A hilltop among hills.
At home, among mountains.
There’s an old Kurdish saying: “We’ve no friends,
but the mountains.”
And so now, after years,