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held hostage in this dark place
I wonder what they want
how far they will go to get it

I can't see them but feel them
lurking in the shadows laughing
as I struggle with my bonds

at first I thought they would cut
my throat but they keep me alive
for amusement or trade--I do not know

I hear them muttering their plans
how does all this relate to me
and I wait for the good guys to come

I scratch off days on the wall
they give me water but little food
every so often I am beaten and spit on

my memories of the sun and sweet sea
are all I have left in me to hold on
what am I worth to them and why

why did I believe the world was safe
when such mindless barbarity exists
and when will the good guys come

I had all I needed but I had to have more
so I came over the seas for riches
never thinking horror would be its cost

it seems forever but finally the door opens
the light is blinding and cursing
the good guys have come to my rescue

they take me to another room and give me
papers to sign saying I thank God for them
then they laugh and leave and lock the door

I am free now as the sun and the sea meet
at the end of my struggle to understand
why every life on earth is but a prize to plunder

Peter Buknatski
Montpelier, Vt.

Peter Buknatski

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The following comments are for "Piracy"
by PeteySweety

Deeply sad and cynical. A great read however. I think it is a sad place in time when barbarity is allowed to be justified. This person wasn't held hostage because of any thought held or any way lived. They were held hostage because the captors devalued their humanity and had been taught to see them as commodity. I have heard all the apologists say they must do this because there is such want and suffering amongst their peoples. My answer is the decision to take the road of 'EVIL' is just as easy as the road toward 'Good'. There is no accident that these Pirates are children - the monsters who exploit them are the cause. Children are used by the 'Creatures' of the world because they are malleable. We, as a nation, abhor child abuse -this is child abuse at its worst. These handlers - older men - are keeping their people in poverty, hungry, and desperate. When the world gains the moral strength to crush the handlers the 'children' may have a chance. Any opportunity these people may have is pushed away because it would destroy a lucritive industry. Take the time to look up how many ships were taken the day our ship was hijacked, the number will astound you, and have you realize that this is more than just an inconvenience. Until the world takes the position that open sea piracy must stop - then this poem, sadly, will be written again and again.

You touched a nerve. Good job.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 25, 2009 )

My point was: "Who are the pirates and who are the good guys?"

( Posted by: PeteySweety [Member] On: June 26, 2009 )

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