Friday, 19 July 2013

Our Hero

We heard it with shock
that a girl had been shot
and we asked ourselves:
was it part of a plot?
What was behind it,
what was the reason?
She must have committed
the sin of high treason.
The attackers were guilty
of discrimination;
her only demand
was the right to education.
She survived the ordeal
by luck and will power;
her enemies could do nothing
but rage and glower.
She showed to the world
that a girl - a fifteen year old -
could defy prejudice
by being brave and bold.
The efforts to silence her
were bound to fail
given her resistance
to the fanatics’ blackmail.
She addressed the UN
and she said books and pen
scare those extremists,
misogynist men.

© Luigi Pagano

 Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN