His Rachel Corrie Moment (In Memory of Asma al-Mughayr)

the cross-hairs fix
across the rooftops

wind from the south-
….five knots

and leading
across the space where birds
have flown

but now
in the cold Ashka-Nazi eye

the young girls form
moves in laughing dance

arms gathering the laundry
she dreams
and surely she must hope
of a world and a life beyond today

as finger tightens
upon trigger…

when it came
the explosion was

of such a force that…

he came too

like Romeo’s ghost upon
the imagination’s palanquin of night

the bearers of the darkness
they toiled
underneath the thrust

of bullet and finger touching
the silenced heart

and
blood like a fountain
sprayed upon the sheets…

….some secret code
that she read as
she fell dying to the roof

this…

his Rachel Corrie moment come
round at last.

Patrick Willis narrates:
His Rachel Corrie Moment – (In Memory of Asma al-Mughayr)