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Hommage to Babylon

 

Middle East Sun

Middle East Fire

The rich flood plain lies in the land between the rivers…

Homage to Babylon

 

Oldest texts ever written

The Sumerians explain the origins of human knowledge

with cuneiform engravings on clay tablets

Cylinder seals depict the power of the lion

The roots of civilization grow where the Tigris and Euphrates meet

Hommage to Babylon as she emerges

 

Years of sanctions and war

A generations’ blood and tears cover the ground

Hommage to Babylon as she bleeds

 

And it rained and it poured

Showers of cluster bombs and cruise missiles

Thousands of Tomahawks dropped since Operation Desert Storm

The Fertile crescent, arable land, now irradiated with Uranium 238…with a half life of 4.5 billion years…or, until the end of time

Hommage to Babylon as she radiates

 

Up in flames they went

The book of Tobit

Hammurabies’ Code of Law

The Koranic Library

The Ottoman records of the Caliphate

Handwritten letters to and from the Kings of Assyria

The history, the accounts,

the treasury of culture maintained since the beginning of humanity

They burned it all, as the evidence was set ablaze

Hommage to Babylon as she burns

 

They starved the children

…what do you mean Oil for Food!

They stole the boys’ innocence,

fighting for freedom with Kalashnikovs and hand grenades

They killed the fathers

Fatimah, Radhia, Safya…mothers, daughters weep and grieve

Hommage to Babylon as she cries

 

As the Great Goddess Innana was stripped before she reached the Underworld

Babylon enters this new century, humiliated and dishonored,

torn apart and in pain, naked and helpless

Hommage to Babylon as she descends

 

© Katah, 2003      katah@dragondancetheatre.net

Link to : Weapons of Mass destruction, a series of images about the use of Depleted Uranium and its effects. The series is intended as a memorial to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 and 9, 1945.
Link to : Afganistan Poster series, with artist statement.
Link to : Imperial Armies in the Garden, a series of linocut images accompanied by poem.
Click here --article: Readings Between the Pipelines, written March 2003
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