After following a link from Drudge that led to the ACLU’s website, I clicked around a little bit and read about the new book, “Poems from Guantanamo”:

Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to Department of Defense data, fewer than half of them are accused of committing any hostile act against the United States or its allies. In hundreds of cases, even the circumstances of their initial detainment are questionable.

This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo.

At least now I know what to get the kids for a stocking stuffer!

Here’s a sample:

Is it true that the grass grows again after rain?
Is it true that the flowers will rise up in the Spring?
Is it true that birds will migrate home again?
Is it true that the salmon swim back up their stream?

It is true. This is true. These are all miracles.
But is it true that one day we’ll leave Guantanamo Bay?
Is it true that one day we’ll go back to our homes?
I sail in my dreams, I am dreaming of home.

To be with my children, each one part of me;
To be with my wife and the ones that I love;
To be with my parents, my world’s tenderest hearts.
I dream to be home, to be free from this cage.

But do you hear me, oh Judge, do you hear me at all?
We are innocent, here, we’ve committed no crime.
Set me free, set us free, if anywhere still
Justice and compassion remain in this world!

I gotta admit, it’s certainly better than any poem Al Gore has ever written.

The author of the previous poem, Usama Hassan Ahmend Abu Kabir, was released from Gitmo in 2007, otherwise the poem would have contained this revision:

I just found out, oh boy
you’re sending me to Illinois
I’d have hoped that you’da
Sent me to Bermuda
But at least it wasn’t Detroit

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