Treasure Island

Isam Hussain

(8-12-1938 / Iraq)

Light a Candle for Iraq Today

At last there is a constitution
presented to a divided nation.
A dog’s dinner, a mishmash
of ideas put together in a rush.

It narrowly escaped failing,
even though it was ailing.
Nonetheless, it was ratified
even though it was vilified.

Next comes the election,
dream of a hopeful nation.
But will it bring democracy
or usher in theocracy?

The invaders intention was clear:
a democratic Iraq will bring cheer
to oppressed nations living in fear.
But will democracy be just a veneer?

This I cannot foretell,
for time alone will tell.
All I can do is hope and pray
and light a candle for Iraq today.

Submitted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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  • Ace Of Black Hearts (5/20/2013 5:48:00 AM)

    That is for Iraq people to decide, not any other nation.
    We removed a government and left a hole that needs to be filled.
    Whether it was right or wrong no longer matters as long as the history doesn't repeat.
    The people must decide, and it must be done in confidence.
    Whether it is one ruler or a group of rulers makes little difference to me.
    Corruption is more easily used in a democracy because there is a not a single entity.
    But a majority of votes to buy and compromise.
    But single ruler can be sometimes crueler to his people.
    It really depends on who has the money and influence.
    We are a world made of money that buys and trades power as stocks on a market.

    Thank you for sharing your poem, I hope I didn't offend you with any of my political views.
    But they are the first thoughts that came to me after I read your poem. I hope the elections makes your nation stronger. God bless and good luck. (Report) Reply

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