New Internationalist

Action on Counterterrorism

Issue 427

A poem by Hubert Moore + ACTION directory.

The ultimate rendition

to find a word
of quiet dignity, impeccably
connected (music, literature),
that will ask no questions
and will stop at nothing
(not the sending

of a man
across a sea by plane
to somewhere else so somewhere else
can torture him and we don’t have to)

and will make it seem
a mild necessity, it happens,

like the sea’s gesticulations,
clenching, heaving upwards
as the plane flies over,

like dread
that trickles coldly down the spine,

like handcuffing-sores, like sobs.

Hubert Moore

Hubert Moore is a British poet with six published poetry collections, of which the latest is The Hearing Room (Shoestring, 2006). This poem is also included in the just-published New Internationalist/Amnesty International collection Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights.



International groups
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch

Concerning Guantánamo

On surveillance
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Watching Them, Watching Us

Civil Liberties Australia


Canadian Civil Liberties Association

New Zealand/Aotearoa
October 15th Solidarity
Peace Movement Aotearoa
Civil Rights Defence

American Civil Liberties Union
Center for Constitutional Rights
Peaceful Tomorrows

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