Friday, December 7, 2012

Newspaper Poem

Ethnic Hatred Tears Apart a Region of Myanmar, by Thomas Fuller
Adapted by Nick Edinger

monastery on the edge of this seaside town
, with novice monks in saffron robes
finding shade under a towering tree
and their teacher launches a rant against Muslims,
when we feel threatened we cannot be saints.”
“This is our native land; it’s the land of our ancestors.”
Buddhist women burst out laughing
“Even a small boy knows he should not play with a kalar,”

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I like the image of the seaside monastery and the laughing women. I'm not sure what a kalar is, which makes me feel I'm missing something of the significance of the last line, but I suppose you can leave it to the reader to figure out what it is. I also think you should end the first sentence after "towering tree" and make "teacher launches a rant" separate.