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Saut Situmorang

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a letter from the underground
by Saut Situmorang

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it is not the pain of burning bullets
in our blood that forced me to write
this letter, my friend

it is not the horror in those black eyes
in those terrifying screams of death around us
that reminded me of you, our friend

it is not the satisfied look in those red-beret faces
those steady and merciless brown hands holding their hungry guns
that fired me to work my pen

it is not the sun, the cold and blind sun
it is not the still and terrible blueness of the watching sky
it is not their unforgivable silence
that angers our frustrated souls

it is all these
and years of animal injustices
foul-smelled hypocrisies
stifling self-claiming truth
that make us awake
from our daily political drugs

our anger is the anger of a butterfly in a full-moon night
whose roses deflowered by the laughter
of the city’s old prostitutes

my friend, I still heard them shooting
and shooting and shooting
as I finally managed to finish this letter of anguish
as a witness
a terrible witness
to all of us

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Reviewed by jacqueline amos 1/25/2005
No one recognize the warriors, because many have never fought a war, only wisdom brings calm to the pain, nevertheless the dead soul has know compassion only to self, Oh what a bitter taste of brim, but the spirit of God walks us through the fire, peace and blessings my brother warrior.
Reviewed by fare good (Reader) 6/4/2003
I can feel this, it is excellent, it sounds like a battle of war from a strange place, but in reality it happens right here, battle of satin calls. Bullets, Screams, Criminals on Control, Camps for the Good at heart locked up, silence of the truth. Walking zombies that don't know love.
Greed they pledge loyality. Under_ Satins_ _Authority.
Reviewed by Rukiya Faizah (Reader) 2/4/2003
Wow, this was descriptive and very emotionally felt. I enjoyed this read not only for its content but also for it's sentiment and truth. One.
Reviewed by sophie merrick (Reader) 12/14/2002
This is an extremely powerful write, i like the repetition of the friend, the letter shows the separation of two people, and symbolises how separated so many of us are from what is going on around us. Excellent.

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