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an ordinary day
1.       kedycan
165 posts
 06 Jan 2008 Sun 03:34 am

An ordinary day


The security officer

got up early

put on his white shirt

had honey toast with nuts

kissed his three children

hugged his wife passionately

and left for work


At his desk

sat ten files

of ten men to be shot

He signed them

while drinking mint tea


At ten o’clock

he ordered the shooting

got angry over a gunman who missed his target

Taking out his pistol

he fired at the missed target ten times



Before the end of his shift

he visited the mothers of the ten shot men

ordered each to pay 100 dinars

for the cost of the bullets that killed their sons


In the evening

he celebrated his brother’s birthday


At night

on the surface of a mirror

he saw a drop of blood trickling down to his feet

he tried to wash it

the trickle rose to his chest


Where does the difference lie between the killer and killed?

"“An Ordinary Day”, a poem from Bells of Speech (Ambit, 2006) by Kurdish poet Nazand Begikhani nominated for this year’s UK Forward Book of Poetry prize. The poem has been reprinted and published in an anthology of the “best poems of the year from the Forward Poetry Prizes”."

2.       libralady
5152 posts
 06 Jan 2008 Sun 12:46 pm

WOW very thought provoking! I always wondered how the hangman ate his dinner

3.       christine
443 posts
 06 Jan 2008 Sun 02:58 pm

Quoting libralady:

WOW very thought provoking! I always wondered how the hangman ate his dinner



You should read Albert Pierpoint's autobiograthy. he was britian's last offical hangman.

4.       lady in red
6947 posts
 06 Jan 2008 Sun 07:04 pm

Quoting libralady:

WOW very thought provoking! I always wondered how the hangman ate his dinner



Not really the same though, is it?

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