The Iraqi Women

Green Diver

Our Sunday poem. This is by my friend, Peter Sears. I think it’s a good one for today. 9/11. The poem is taken from Peter’s book, Green Diver. Cover art by Rick Bartow. Purchase Peter’s book here, and if you are ever lucky enough to get a chance to hear him read, do it.

The Iraqi Women

From an article in “The Oregonian,” 07/05/06, A-5

The parking lot is filling with Iraqi women
here at the Baghdad City Morgue, just like yesterday.
Any minute now, a truck load of the dead is due in,

accompanied by the Americans.
Sunni and Shia slaughter one another and walk away.
The parking lot is filling with Iraqi women.

70 percent of the dead now are civilian.
Even children are common prey.
Any minute now, a truck load of the dead is due in.

The women wait to be told when they may go in.
Yesterday they waited all day.
The parking lot is filling with Iraqi women.

Wood scraps and paper they gather and burn
to drive the odor of death away.
Any minute now, a truck load of the dead is due in.

Here come the trucks! The gates swing open.
The women are told, Stand back, stay out of the way.
The parking lot is filling with Iraqi women.
Any minute now, another truck load of the dead is due in.

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