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.