An Apology to Shaker Aamer

In flight

destination unbeknown

hopefulness that an

unforeseeable

final journey

is met with

indescribable joy

held in his

wife’s arms

the sanctuary

his sought

children gaze

in disbelief

years containing

unresolved grief

a distant memory

of the father

they have never known

echoes of

lost past

children

unrecognisable

unfamiliarity

strangers meeting

at the entrance

gate to liberation

touch down

onto solid ground

breathing in the

taste of freedom

deliciously damp

cool air

so familiar

fourteen years

their father’s

absence

media’s portrayal

betrayal

of his

presence

sons and daughters

all grown up

stolen years

snap shots memoires

of empty chairs

unlike the

torture seat

forced fed

to prevent starvation

tubes forced

insensitively

deep down

intrusive invasion

into empty

hollow throat

miscarriage of

justice

causing him

to choke

on the words

unheard

as he spoke

of his innocence

mistaken identity

isolation

solitary confinement

360 days sat

in silence

for being

non-compliant

tortured into

false confession

windowless cell

head smashed

against concrete

wall

brutal treatment

200 interrogators

rise and fall

hunger strike

starvation

is powerful

shrinking away

from the blame

2007 cleared for

release

not set free

security concerns

2010 cleared for

release

still detained

how can this

outcome be

acceptable

property destroyed

any form of

identity stolen

inhuman acts

unacceptable

5,000 nights

in captivity

released

without

charge

of

any

crime?

Shaker Aamer

as a fellow human being

dwelling on this

planet

accept my apology

for the brutality

you had to endure

my respect to thee

alongside your family

may your courage

encourage

unity

once more.

 

MMc2015

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