Poetry Corner

My Hometown

Is a town overwhelmed With infirmity Destruction And construction Weeping on the past And full of afflictions In its day In its night But we all know what happened We all know what’s happening And we all know the problem We hear the same story In the morning In the evening Is it written by heavens? Or written by men and women? Whichever I don’t entertain any solution Because we’re all running away Because we’re all the culprit Alas, is this my hometown? Alas, is this myself? Alas, we’re sorrowful twins Raped and separated When this everyday crime Is committed under the pretext of creed Under the pretext of names Under the pretext of God Under the pretext of some land Yes, everyday crimes Committed in the open In the backdoors Alas, I did not recognize the country I left a long time ago Everything has been blemished In time by violence I cannot accept what’s happening I cannot accept what’s happened But what should you and I do? We all have sinned We all have trespassed And we all have been practicing war Dr. Ahmad Al-Hadidi (Mosul, Iraq) holds a degree in medicine and surgery from Mosul University in Iraq and a master’s of public health from Boston University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has worked as a physician in native Iraq, a researcher in Uganda and Rwanda, a volunteer helping Iraqi children with war-related injuries seeking medical treatment in Boston hospitals, and a translator for films on humanitarian and peacebuilding issues. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Notre Dame in International Studies. Last year, Achmad was able to visit his family in Mosul, Iraq after a 10 year hiatus due to the war. ‘My Hometown’ is reflective poem about the everlasting effects of war and violence on people he noticed while there. His poetry in general tackles the issues of violence and promotes an attitude toward achieving disciplined nonviolence living. Dr. Hadidi is a close friend of the Agape Community where he has been a constant presence. He recently addressed students from Assumption College and Holy Cross College on issues of Race and Nonviolence. He recently read his poem to a group at Agape.