A young man called Ashraf Fayadh faces execution by the Saudi Arabian government for ‘apostasy’. Ashraf is a poet and atheist. It is his views on religion that has put his life in danger.
Tonight poets around the world come together to speak on his behalf. To share our poems in solidarity. Here is my contribution.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
Clearly no one told Saudi
How can we be afraid of just words
Words well thought fly like birds
And we just have to keep tweeting
There’s nothing more validly strong
Nothing that could be less wrong
Than speaking words.
We humans are the storytelling mammals
But here we are acting like anmals
What are we doing?