Peter Kennard: Poem for Bradley Manning & Art belongs in the Street, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Peter Kennard is a well known British visual artist.

This is a poem by him, on United States whistleblower Bradley Manning:

Private First Class

by Peter Kennard

Claw over the parapet
Voice raised
Is voice gagged.
The world as in fact it is,
Isn’t. In a Democracy of liars
Is a lock-up for facts.

Three blows of a whistle:
One in hiding, embassy, London
One in hiding, transit building, Moscow
One in prison, U.S.A., somewhere

The stars and striping
Are bruises and lashes
This is the land of the free –
Where the fee for whistling
Is 136 years.

Bradley Manning is born free and is
everywhere in chains
.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for reblogging!

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