So I posted a poem!
Giulio Regeni Disappeared
On 25th January 2016 Giulio Regeni disappeared?
And nine days later as if by magic reappeared.
Words like disappeared seem so utterly stupid
as if the torturers and killers didn’t know then and now
who I was, where I was, and what they’d done to me
over those long hours, of those nine days and nights.
Now in the silence I will speak about me and them.
three times you broke my bones, and tore the nails
from my feet, and my hands and please forgive me
I confess I fully lost count of the number of times
you burnt me with cigarettes. Did you forget?
and you punctured my body with stab wounds.
and how could I overlook the sparks and electrodes
on my genitals, after all I was a man among you men
and then you severed my spine with that final blow.
And so you took my life. Another of those stupid phrases
but the torturers and executioners have many lives.
So many lives. Far too many for me to describe.
Imagine them with their wives and their children
with all that blood and gore, my blood washed
and cleansed, as they handle their daughters, sons,
mothers too. The intimate way they touch their wives.
How are they clean and free from all that stains them?
How do they forget what it felt like holding me down?
Of the sound of my breathing, of the smell of my sweat
as they strapped me and held me down. Is it forgotten?
Let’s agree not to call them monsters and demons.
Shall we? They are brothers, fathers, uncles, sons.
if we make them different, we act and conspire
to make them special, different to the rest of us.
Making them different provides an excuse for us
to say too that we would not do what they did or do
when in fact they are like us, all of us, me and you.
A sickness has been unleashed on this earth, this world.
Humans look at what you are, and all of what you do.
On 25th January 2016 Giulio Regeni disappeared.
The executioners reality was – he was in plain view!
I received a message from his mother asking whether I knew Giulio. Totally humbled.
Please if you read this post make it your business to get behind demands from the Egyptian Government to provide an explanation for the torture and death of Giulio an academic studying in Cambridge. And murdered in Egypt.
Think of his mother grieving for her son!