(A Meditation on the “Arab Spring”)
by Jim Rapp
he will be free for a day;
but if he buys it with his own,
he will never be un-free again.
If American guns could achieve it,
let them fire without ceasing.
If American blood could grow
a crop of freedom, let it be sown
in every non-free land.
only Iraqi blood, Iraqi freedom,
only Syrian blood, Syrian freedom.
The tyranny of brother over brother,
brother over sister, will be broken
when brothers and sisters refuse
to be slaves to their brother.
Tyrants rage and youthful blood is flowing.
History will redeem the blood of martyrs;
under the weight of their bloody tyranny,
tyrants will be crushed.