city of sweetness rises in vengeance
the world is sad, the world is angry, the world turns to lash in fury, rising with it
walls are carved, walls crisscross the nation tightropes to walk red ropes to rope off
brown ropes to tear down and drag back screaming weeping multitudes
more boys drown, more cities burn, more voices cry allah! Save us!
more buildings crumble more tanks roll until the world is soaked, soaked in dead
spectre of once-upon-a-humanity
the world trembles and the mountains tremble, the stars weep in the sky
and the ocean cries, “Enough!”
but my enough is not yours
your enough tells you to send in troops to rape a nation and make every brother of peace
stand under a sword
my enough tells me to blow myself up in a station filled with backpackers and enthusiastic college students and crying children and one tired mother shouting at her child, brain-warped
others’ enoughs reject god, reject god-spells, reject those who love a wrathless god who loves
her enough leads her to a writing desk with a harpoon, begging the warriors to halt
and in the meantime, only the ocean and the stars and the mountains and the trees and the wet, blooming earth and every voice, every schizophrenic maddened sorrowful helpless broken voice in a cacophonous multitude echoing across the galaxies cries
And with this, we come to the end of The Doodle Project.
I feel like this occasion needs a few words, but I believe all that needs to be said, has been said through these poems and their illustrations. Eight artists and I set out on this journey together to capture moments and their emotions in various art forms. If you liked our work, if it made you feel something, took you out of yourself for a moment, then, I’d say that we’ve achieved what we yearned for.
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This poem was inspired by the Brussels attacks on 22nd March 2016. The artwork was done by the brilliant Angana, the creator of Apoka.