Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) Darrell Roodt, a South African director, brings James Earl Jones and Richard Harris together in this very faithful adaptation of Alan Paton’s groundbreaking novel against apartheid. This stunning narrative, that addresses issues of social injustice and capital punishment, has been adapted into several films and plays, most notably Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill’s musical “Lost in the Stars” (1949).

 

 

Japan chose samurai decapitation,

During the Shanghai massacre, KMT sympathizers behead a suspected Communist, one of about 300 executions carried out on April 12th, 1927

[During the Shanghai massacre, KMT sympathizers behead a suspected Communist, one of about 300 executions carried out on April 12th, 1927.]

 

While China slowly sliced up each victim;

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Ancient Persia used ash for suffocation;

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Ottoman Turks shot convicts from a cannon.

 

The effete French employed “peine forte et dure

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That Salem witch trials tried on Giles Corey

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Who cried out, “More Weight,” but did not endure,

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While his words remained accusatory.

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A friend of mine, given a front row seat,

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Witnessed Saudi Arabian justice,

Castrating queers, hacking hands off cheats,

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Beheading dissidents with gleeful malice.

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The easiest way is to give the crowd

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Rocks and let honor killing do its job.

Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was shoved

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Down a hole, her head bludgeoned by a mob.

 

How hard it is for States to discover

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A merciful method for punishment:

Lethal injections, hangings, gas chamber,

Electric chair, firing squads came and went.

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Apartheid’s invisible to the eye —

To the white eye, but not to the black

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Young men who continue to occupy

American prisons, with no way back.

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Raised between pawnshop or sweatshop,

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Either you go to jail or get shot by a cop.

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Tulsa police shoot unarmed black man with his hands up.

 

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[Disposable Poem September 20, 2016]

Dr. Mike

 

 

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