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"Eyeless" in Gaza

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In his poem "Since I was thrown into this hole" the Turkish Communist poet Nazim Hikmet poignantly speaks of how time is frozen for him in prison whereas life is pretty much going on outside it.

"The children conceived

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the day I was thrown into this hole

are now celebrating their tenth year.

The foals born on that very day

trembling on their thin, long legs

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Must by now have become

lazy mares shaking their wide rumps.

But the young olive shoots are still young,

still growing.


The year I was thrown into this hole

the Second World War had not started;

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in the concentration camps of Dachau

the gas ovens had not been built;

the atom had not exploded in Hiroshima,

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Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher who lives in Hyderabad, India. He is currently Professor at the Department of English Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.

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