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You cannot imprison thoughts


March 8, 2007

in the age of rapid information exchange,
it is impossible to lock down thoughts
or knock Nahid’s head to the police van
and block it from instant publication.

women wishing to be treated as people
full people and equal before the law
find themselves in solitary confinement
of the Republic of Discrimination.

inside the jail of a State that forbids freedom
of expression, women have become wardens
of a cause that's noble, that will always be
an Islamist target of annihilation.

for every arrested Noushin who says stop
stoning women forever and now
there are hundreds of thousands who echo back:
you cannot knock or block our articulation.

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