Friday, September 3, 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashanti

There are songs enough for the hero
Who dwells on the heights of fame;
I sing of the disappointed--
For those who have missed their aim.

I sing for the breathless runner,
The eager, anxious soul,
Who falls with his strength exhausted.
Almost in sight of the goal;

For the hearts that break in silence,
With a sorrow all unknown,
For those who need companions,
Yet walk their ways alone.

There are songs enough for the lovers
Who share love's tender pain,
I sing for the one whose passion
Is given all in vain.

For those whose spirit comrades
Have missed them on their way,
I sing, with a heart o'erflowing,
This minor strain to-day.

And I know the Solar system
Must somewhere keep in space
A prize for that spent runner
Who barely lost the race.

For the plan would be imperfect
Unless it held some sphere
That paid for the toil and talent
And love that are wasted here.

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Read more about Sakineh, who is sentenced to death by stoning for an alleged illegal relationship with a man in the Guardian. She has "confessed" to adultery in national television after having been tortured according to her lawyer. Death penalty is an awful thing to start with, but when a person gets sentenced to a most cruel death for something that he/she most likely didn't commit, then it's beyond horrible. 

If you want more information or maybe want to take a stand, go to Amnesty International.

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