Hashim Shafiq

Iraqi poet from Baghdad. His poetry appears in the film Voices in Wartime.


The Killer of Iraq (Saddam Hussein)

A man walks by
Trips on his shadow
Thinking it was stone.
A lady walks by
Leans down to pick up a star
Thinking she found some money.
Poetry comes upon words
Painting them with color and
   decorating them with beads.
A killer comes upon Iraq,
Thinking that he can plunge it
like a sword, wherever he pleases.