David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines
hradzka

APED: "i hope to hell i'm wrong"

for Neda Agha-Soltan, who bled out at the corner of Khosravi Street and Salehi Street, Tehran, Iran, June 20, 2009.

The oldest and the harshest truths
are those we cast aside.
Too hurtful to the dreams of youth,
of peace obtained with pride:
But it's written out in martyrs' blood,
erased, and writ again:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


We've seen it in Tiananmen,
and when the Ghost Dance rose,
the killing fields outside Pnomh Penh,
and on and on it goes --
the optimistic and devout
dead women, children, men:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


And yet the martyrs still appear,
and yet they rise again,
their dedication true, sincere,
ignoring what portends.
Their hope we never wish to doubt,
although we know the end:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


So pray the men with guns don't fight.
Or pray their hearts are kind.
Or pray they're careful with their might.
Or pray they change their minds.
Pray God will bring your wish about
or else we'll learn again:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.
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