Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Appeal Letter"




After the smothering* of Halabcha
I wrote a long appeal letter to God.

Before I read it to people, 
I read it to a tree.


The tree cried.


Nearby a mailer pigeon told me:
Who is gonna take it for you?
If you are thinking of me,
I can not fly all the way to God!


At midnight,
The angel of my poems, who was wearing mourning cloth,
Told me:

Don't worry at all
I will take it for for you.
All the way to the upper skies.
All the way to the gates of heaven.

But I can't promise that
God himself will take the letter from me.
You know, Its hard
To reach to God.

I said:
Thank you, Please fly !

The angel flew.
 Took my appeal letter with herself.

The day after, when she came back.

A 4th level receptionist in the God office
Wrote a note for me
On the same letter
In Arabic:


"
You foolish man, 
Write it in -Arabic-.
Nobody speaks Kurdish here 
And we won't
forward it
To
God.
"



A poem by Sherko Bekas
Translation from Kurdish By Medya Ghazizadeh


Foot notes;

*1. Halabcha is a city in which Saddam killed more than 5000 civilian Kurdish people by using chemical weapons immediately and 7000 more people died later of the injuries. March 16, 1988

*2. Wearing black in condolences.

3* Speaking Kurdish language was forbidden in many countries including Syria and Turkey.
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