Lighten our darkness

There are ways of shedding light
in dingy corners. Music can help.
The louder the better. The white,
white noise. When you lose count
of hours, something dawns.

There are ways of shedding light
with water. When the head
goes under, spluttering
sparks flashes of illumination.
Watch their eyes.

There are ways of shedding light
without a drop of blood.
The stress position, breaking
of the feet, the revved up drill.
We only seek the truth. The light.

This poem first appeared on Poetry24. It was prompted by revelations of the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11723189

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