“We Must Not Legitimatize Her Words”

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.)

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11 Responses to “We Must Not Legitimatize Her Words”

  1. claudia says:

    i cannot even imagine how terrible it must be for a mother to realize her sons are terrorists…in a way i can understand that she tries not to see..she surely should not get a platform but help to deal with the horror..

  2. brian miller says:

    smiles…what an interesting family this is…and i wonder if she like most other moms just has a hard times thinking of her child as being able to do this…is it denial that has a hold on her? its a bit crazy to watch…

  3. Pat Hatt says:

    Yeah, has to be tough to deal with, but giving her the time of day is a slap in the face to many I say.

  4. A mother of criminals always have difificult to understand and cope. There are so many things that is hard to understand in murder and terrorism..

  5. Kelvin S.M. says:

    ..what a tragedy & harsh reality to face… a mother’s nightmare to have her child become a toy of fate… she’s also a victim here & her only sin is to become a mother… to play a role no one does better & always misunderstood… sadly who’s to blame for such a turn of events here…sigh…

  6. kkkkaty says:

    …sadly, there are mothers around the world who suffer for their children’s horrible guilty acts, who are shamed and lead a life unlike no others do…in the shadows..or as an activist to help correct a wrong from happening again…I see this woman as outspoken instead of a shrinking violet..and the press thrive on her tirade…I read she did feel for the victims and their families, but she is in deep denial still

  7. Mary says:

    Simply I could not agree with you more.

  8. Grace says:

    I agree but I do think she knew though….sadly, she is part of the tragedy ~

  9. ManicDdaily says:

    It’s all terribly sad. One can understand how a mother feels but I agree that I hope she does not become a symbol here. It’s all just terribly sad. Thanks for your poem. l/

  10. It is hard to realize your child is responsible for something so horrific. But still a mother knows what her children are capable of doing. We mothers sometime choice not to see. Instead we fight for them.

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