Guantanamo

Allah the Just, the Merciful.

That must be so
otherwise human beings
would have no conception
of justice or mercy
which is a solemn thought.

Suppose,
and there is no reason that this should not be true,
Allah
watches the unfolding Guantanamo saga
and considers thus:

'That the ignorant of all nations
cry for revenge,
I weep over.
But that those who know the Law
and blazon it as their nation's badge of pride
and then make exception
without remedy,
for years,
that is a crime a hundred times greater.

So I, Allah, the Just, the Merciful,
will allow this injustice to capture the mind
of a hundred Muslim youths
for every detainee;
of these, some may understand the Law;
and weep with Me;
some may ignorantly, cry for revenge
and act it out.

Is this not just and merciful?
It is the Law of ignorance.

Just suppose
He thinks that way.

by Michael Shepherd

Comments (3)

this haiku inspired by your lines: religion/yes only the lord is merciful/the believers?
Excellent poem. Trouble is, I think it went over the heads of a few people.
Your ability to make a point has no peer. Rusty