Elegy for Alaa Mashzoub

Blind assassins can’t

erase your words, written in

ink, can’t erase your

message. Thirteen bullets and

they think they have silenced you


but ink outlives blood,

and paper weighs more than rock,

and scissors, they can

cut off your tongue, but your voice

will outlive them all.



*Alaa Mashzoub, 51, was shot 13 times on Saturday evening by two armed men in front of his house in Bab Al Khan, a neighbourhood in the heart of Karbala. He was an Iraqi poet known for his criticism of corruption and foreign interference in his country.

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