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Author: poem of Eleanor Wilner Type: poem Views: 6

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It was a pure white cloud that hung there

in the blue, or a jellyfish on a waveless

sea, suspended high above us; we were

the creatures in the weeds below.

It seemed so effortless in its suspense,

perfectly out of time and out of place

like the ghost of moon in the sky

of a brilliant afternoon.

After a while it seemed to grow, and we

inferred that it was moving, drifting down—

though it seemed weightless, motionless,

one of those things that defy

the ususal forces—gravity, and wind

and the almost imperceptible

pressure of the years.  But it was coming


          The blur of its outline slowly cleared:

it was scalloped at the lower edge, like a shell

or a child's drawing of a flower, detached

and floating, beauty simplified.  That's when

we saw it had a man attached, suspended

from the center of the flower, a kind of human

stamen or a stem.  We thought it was

a god, or heavenly seed, sent

to germinate the earth

with a gentler, nobler breed.  It might be

someone with sunlit eyes and mind of dawn.

We thought of falling to our knees.

So you can guess

the way we might have felt

when it landed in our field

with the hard thud of solid flesh

and the terrible flutter of the collapsing

lung of silk.  He smelled of old sweat, his

uniform was torn, and he was tangled

in the ropes, hopelessly harnessed

to the white mirage that brought him down.

He had a wound in his chest, a red

flower that took its color from his heart.

We buried him that very day, just as he came

to us, in a uniform of soft brown

with an eagle embroidered on the sleeve,

its body made of careful gray stitches,

its eye a knot of gold.  The motto

underneath had almost worn away.  For days,

watching from our caves, we saw

the huge white shape of silk shifting

in the weeds, like a pale moon

when the wind filled it, stranded,

searching in the aimless way

of unmoored things

for whatever human ballast gave

direction to their endless drift.

Submitted by R. Joyce Heon


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A lengthy but naessecry excerpt from an even lengthier and important post from Talkleft.Ann, you are incorrigible. As a Constitutional Law Professor, you are the people's defense against government walking all over the constitution.Please read all of Talkleft's post, and then come back when you can redo your post with a more interesting argument: why or why not are many of these people still being detained? A new and statistical report, authored and released by Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux and attorney Joshua Denbeaux, counsel to two of the detainees at Guantanamo, contains the first objective analysis of the background of those held at Guantanamo. The report is based entirely on data supplied by the Defense Department, and is intended to provide "a more detailed picture of who the Guantanamo detainees are, how they ended up there, and the purported bases for their enemy combatant designation."These are the findings: 1. Fifty-five percent (55%) of the detainees are not determined to have committed any hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies. 2. Only 8% of the detainees were characterized as al Qaeda fighters. Of the remaining detainees, 40% have no definitive connection with al Qaeda at all and 18% are have no definitive affiliation with either al Qaeda or the Taliban. 3. The Government has detained numerous persons based on mere affiliations with a large number of groups that in fact, are not on the Department of Homeland Security terrorist watchlist. Moreover, the nexus between such a detainee and such organizations varies considerably. Eight percent are detained because they are deemed "fighters for;" 30% considered "members of;" a large majority - 60% -- are detained merely because they are "associated with" a group or groups the Government asserts are terrorist organizations. For 2% of the prisoners their nexus to any terrorist group is unidentified. 4. Only 5% of the detainees were captured by United States forces. 86% of the detainees were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States custody. This 86% of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were handed over to the United States at a time in which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected enemies. 5. Finally, the population of persons deemed not to be enemy combatants - mostly Uighers - are in fact accused of more serious allegations than a great many persons still deemed to be enemy combatants.To quote Jeralyn Merritt, Civil Rights lawyer, "If 92% of the detainees were not fighters, and 55% committed no hostile act, why were they designated as enemy combatants in the first place? And why are they still being held? This is the Government's definition of "enemy combatant" as used in the Combatant Status Review hearings: [A]n individual who was part of or supporting the Taliban or al Qaeda forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. This includes any person who committed a belligerent act or has directly supported hostilities in aid of enemy forces."

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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man speaks the truth at its tueistusrng rhymes to sooth all of his viewerswhile thugs write their musicand use it for famebut this guy proves that integrity remainsand cleverly shows that people want change for the better, as long as you render an entertaining letterso write to unitemake people feel light as a feather and alleviate the tension by lightening the pressure.

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