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Three crimes

Basman Derawi | 25-07-2019

International director's note: I recently issued a writing challenge to our members that included a series of "prompts"; each writer was allowed to choose their own. Basman chose this one: You are permitted to commit one crime with absolutely no consequences. What would you do and why? Basman being our resident poet, however, he took a little liberties and wrote this:

I find a magic lamp
and rub it with my heart
in my throat.
A genie pops out,
blue like in Aladdin.

Instead of three wishes
he gives me three crimes.
Crime without punishment,
he promises.

Without thinking,
I say "Kill all the
politicians around the world!
With a smile on my face,
I imagine a new world
with no scheming,
no betrayal,
peaceful chaos.

My second crime
is to slay all those
who stand in my way 
of achieving my dream,
who feed my fear of
leaving the world
knowing only one place.

I can't think of another crime.
Yet he insists on three or none.
I tap my head. Who else to destroy?
Then in one breath  
I scream,
"The creator of the drone!"

Posted: July 24, 2019

Mentor: Pam Bailey


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