newritings

September 26, 2005

The wrong man

Filed under: poetry — newritings @ 5:58 pm

They got the wrong man, CNN said
But to us he was the right man

His colour was like mine or a lighter shade of dark
They “sussed” that he would do wrong – from home to
tube… then to the body bag of a government mortuary.

He had the look which will:
–        enter and work illegally in a country
–        plant a bomb
–        fly a plane into buildings
–        kill himself
–        kill others
–        whatever we do not like

This was the right man
Jean Charles de Menezes was the right man

That he died on 22 july at 10 am at the entrance of
Stockwell underground station,
will soon be forgotten

That he died unarmed,
will soon be forgotten

That he was a christian and loved by his mother,
will count for nothing

That he died in front of witnesses – all of us far
away and a bit intimidated,
will soon be forgotten

That he died a working person,
will soon be forgotten

That he died barely 30 years old,
will soon be forgotten

That he was killed unjustly,
THAT,
we must never let them forget

It could have been me, or anyone of us
It was the right man…

Charles Menezes died for me, for us,
and for those who killed him.
But will they ever learn that this man
died like others before him,
so that they can truly be saved?

by Hassen Lorgat

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