Why do we allow this woman such press?
Why is her picture ingrained in our brains?
Why do we watch as she flails with cold hands?
Why do we stay as she cries against us?
Why do we let her accuse us of murder?
She claims her one son was cruelly killed.
She says that her boys are both innocent.
She states they were framed by authorities.
She ignores the pictures that show the two
Standing in places where bombs were set off.
What does she say of the eight-year old boy
Who was killed by the bomb placed at his feet?
And what of his sister an amputee
A disaster survivor at age six?
Nothing. Instead, she honors terrorists.
We must not provide her with a platform
To espouse the martyrdom of her sons.
She must not become symbolic of love
And loyalty to one’s errant offspring.
We must not legitimatize her words.
(Written for dVerse Poets, Open Link Night 94. April 30, 2013.)