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Elegy for Hana Khadafy

Elegy for Hana Khadafy by Susan Windle.
Peach Screen by Sara Steel.
©2002 by Sara Steele and Susan Windle, All Rights Reserved.

Size: 8 1/2 x 11

Elegy for Hana Khadafy

The white petals that have fallen from the cherry tree
to cover our Philadelphia lawn
lighten my feet as I step—O blossoms!
This week a baby was killed in Libya
by the arms of the state
in which our house dwells.
And still you grace this yard?

None of the cherry trees in all of April,
not even the ones in D.C.
have shut down.
They knew it all before it happened:
that we were gunning for her father
that we didn’t care who else or how many.
They heard us say, “We never meant to kill anybody,”
then watched us believing the words.
They saw that none of the deaths
not even the baby’s
was mourned.

They were not aghast.
They flowered.
The flowers fell—
softening the Capitol pavements
with small pink hands.

April, 1987

©2002 by Susan Windle

These archival Iris giclée prints were done on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag watercolor paper with Equipoise fine art inks. These are open edition prints, signed by artist and poet.

Dimensions refer to image size, including text, and are rounded to the nearest 1/2 inch; there is a minimum 1/2 inch white border on all four sides.