12 Years A Slave

(For the men at Gitmo.)

12 years a slave in this hell on Earth
12 years a ghost awaiting a rebirth

12 years a slave because you are brown
12 years of learning not to make a sound

12 years a slave in spite of the truth
12 years of mourning the loss of your youth

12 years a slave in an endless ordeal
12 years of torture for refusing your meal

12 years a slave in this house of lies
12 years of resisting the urge to despise

12 years a slave of an empire of pain
12 years of propaganda poisoning your brain

12 years a slave, confined like a dog
12 years of squealing like an agitated hog

12 years a slave deprived of basic rights
12 years of denigration and many sleepless nights

12 years a slave and a victim of hypocrisy
12 years of asking, “how is this democracy?”

12 years a slave while the world looks away
12 years of tomorrow bleeding into today

12 years a slave of a horrid regime
12 years of wishing it was all a bad dream

12 years a slave while many are now free
12 years of wondering, “will it ever be me?”

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, January 12, 2014
11:08 p.m.

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  1. […] was a recurring theme of other poetry I wrote in 2014.  12 Years A Slave is about being a detainee in the American gulag in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.  Professor Nothing […]


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