Erosion of a Poetess

Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain

Ayat al-Ghermezi, 20, had recited her poems
critical of the government, then went into hiding.
She was almost ghostly until she was almost no more.

Security forces threatened her and raided her home,
insulting letters and emails left the police laughing.
Ayat al-Ghermezi, 20, had recited her poems

in Pearl Square, the Roundabout, the Monument now torn down
once stood for cooperation, traffic lights replacing
its almost ghostly glow until it is almost no more.

Doctors confirmed that Ayat had gone into a coma
after being captured, raped many times, at last dying.
Ayat al-Ghermezi, 20, had recited her poems.

That is all we know for sure. They say this is a rumor,
to make the news look like fools — a phone call proves she’s living.
She was almost ghostly until she was almost no more.

But the news says she died today, and her call made by phone?
Was six days ago. Alarms ringing, she slammed the ruling,
Ayat al-Ghermezi, 20, had recited her poems.
She was almost ghostly until she was almost no more.

Image: Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain by Jacobs Creative Bees.

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8 responses to “Erosion of a Poetess

  1. A solid tribute (a poet is dead I when the poems stop coming). How tragic that a government fears the words of one person to the extent that they would brutalize that person to silebce her.

  2. I know this is not an isolated incident (it still reminds me that the written word is quite powrful).

  3. this is a crazy world
    powerful poem

  4. More updated information.

    Video Shows Bahraini Mother’s Strife and Her Daughter Reading Poem That Lead to Her Arrest and Torture
    http://artistsspeakout.com/2011/06/video-shows-bahraini-mothers-strife-and-her-daughter-reading-poem-that-lead-to-her-arrest-and-torture/

    Verses of Bahrain and the Revolution Poet

  5. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship rapes, murders poetess Ayat al-Ghermezi | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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