Petition nation

every other day
i receive a new petition
to put my name to…
so and so will be stoned
to death in the next few days
for acts
incompatible with moral chastity
so and so will be hung
for corrupting the earth
so and so has been
detained and has
not been heard from in three weeks
and here
and here
and here
your monitor screen
will not save you
i curse
your cursor's
that write letters
to murderers
who stand for elections
“it is a semi-democracy”
complete and replete
with mass unmarked graves
paved over
with glass and steel politicide
and now…
we want the bomb
we gotta have that bomb
yeah we want the bomb

Samira Mohyeddin is an Iranian / Canadian and has a degree in Religion and Middle Eastern Studies from the Uni'ersity of Toronto, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Women's Studies and Middle Eastern Studies there. See her weblog:

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