Bring Back Our Girls! – poem by Gary Corseri

I found this poem while trying to keep up-to-date about the Chibok schoolgirls situation. I landed on www.dissidentvoice.org while browsing through different websites and online articles about the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Gary Corseri’s poem really resonated with me so I thought I’d share. It also reminded me of a similar poem I wrote a few years back while backpacking in SE Asia, but lost in the rubble of a defective hard drive. #BringBackOurGirls is an international campaign, a matter that affects women and young girls at every corner of the world. Read, share, comment.

From the droned villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan–
Bring back our girls!
From Nigeria, and the brothels of the Philippines–
Bring back our girls!
From the ruined cities of Detroit and Newark
And the ravished American Dream–
Bring back our girls!
From “Disaster Capitalism” and twerking jerks–
Bring back our girls!
From the “Occupied Territories” of Palestine
And from Israeli Porn Kings–
Bring back our girls!
From the “royal” slave-holders of Arabia,
And the crapulous monarchs of Britain–
Bring back our girls!
From our culture of destitution and prostitution–
Bring back our girls!
From “entrepreneurs” and exploiters
Of sex and violence and from those who confound and abuse–
Bring back our girls!
Restore them to their birthright dignity:
Co-creators; mothers; sisters; daughters; friends.
Bring back our girls
From the wars that have butchered them
(Restore them!);
From the silence that has answered their prayers
(Answer now…);
From the callous hypocrisy
Of scoffed-at dreams and snuffed-out hopes–
Bring back our girls!

This article was posted on www.dissidentvoice.org , filed under Poetry.

Gary Corseri has published articles, fiction, poetry and dramas at hundreds of venues worldwide, including, Dissident Voice and The New York Times. He has published novels and collections of poetry, edited the Manifestations anthology, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere. He has taught at US public schools and prisons and at US and Japanese universities. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. Gary can be reached at: gary_corseri@comcast.net. Read other articles by Gary.

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~ by omonaij on May 25, 2014.

3 Responses to “Bring Back Our Girls! – poem by Gary Corseri”

  1. Thank you for posting this at your site! It was a surprise for me to find it here. You honor me; much more importantly, you honor this cause!–
    Gary Corseri

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