Poem for Neda

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A beautiful smile

Obvious joy in living

Musical, friendly, playful


Twenty-six years old

Only beginning life

So much promise; so many dreams


One bullet to her chest

Then eyes roll to sleep

Blood pouring from nose and mouth


A nameless triggerman

But the assassins?

Khamenei, Ahmadinejad

Falsely-claimed men of God

Oppressive cowards

Fearing the people, the truth, freedom, God’s way


Truly these rulers – frightened tyrants

Hiding behind lies, crimes, stolen elections

Pretending belief in God

Killing with evil, brutality is not God-like


A young life of endless possibility

Bleeding away on the pavement

How many more in the shadows?

Neda, Neda, Neda

All tyranny is defeated by time

Honor and justice prevail

And a death, many, too many, will be remembered

Neda will be remembered

Copyright SGW 2009

Written by Scott Wolman

This poem was originally published at Poetic Leanings.

This poem can absolutely be used for free, especially by anyone somehow connected to Iran.

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