oh gentle breezes blow
soft upon this downy head
that doesn't know
that it is dead
Three Thousand Dollars
Not much in the news these days
so many other troubles
so many prisoners dispersed!
the notorious facility sinks
from neglect to oblivion.
Some, of course, will never be able to forget,
for example, Murat Kurnaz,
who will perhaps one day be able to weep,
who will perhaps send Mr. Rumsfeld a tear-stained letter
saying, “I am sorry to have given you nothing
for your three thousand dollars and five years of trouble.”
Now that Murat is free,
perhaps he will travel again,
for example, to Pakistan, land of his abduction,
and see what the Pakistanis did with that three thousand.
Did they plough it right back into abductions?
Or did they perhaps open a school,
and then, perhaps,
Murat can tell us what they teach there.