Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Song of my Birth

"Softening The Cry"
a re-painting of Edvard Munsch by Ari Ben Aaron
© 2016 David Prashker
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Three men attacked my mother with knives
 tore a gaping hole
  across the width of her stomach

They wore white coats
 to legitimise their butchery

Their mouths were gagged
 to prevent them screaming
  with her pain

Then they took me in their hands
 and dragged me from her
locked me in a glass cage
 fastened me with wires

So they abandoned me there

a new-born infant
                 already condemned to die

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