2012: Hope Jordan – Woman Photographed by Paul Watson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, 1994

Poem from the 2012 issue.

Woman Photographed by Paul Watson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, 1994
By Hope Jordan

You photographed me
and the dead white soldier
dragged through the streets of Mogadishu
by a Somali mob.
When this picture was printed
the world was shocked –
but I am not ashamed.
Here, life is only a terror that whispers
from the first light day and beyond.
What of my own sons?
I have no home. I can never go home.
My body has never been mine.
Yes, I was the woman
with my foot
on the dead soldier’s face.
Do not let them judge me
for the one moment
my body was in charge
of something.

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