Remembering a 15 Year Old Palestinian Woman in Prison Chained to the Bed Springs – She Had Refused to Stop Singing

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April 22, 2016 by socialaction2014

Marilyn Buck

chained for singing
clear minor notes
still her song soars

women sing songs
lullabies lovesongs
blues songs
chants of exiled lives
and martyrs’ death

voices search out sounds
not yet noted on bars
not yet ordered on scales

to bring down walls
to raise Palestine, free

Summer 1988

Marilyn lived most of her adult life in controlled, restrictive spaces: from clandestinity, to prisons, to control units within prisons. Yet within those spaces, she developed a richly imaginative, expansive view of human liberation, and built a bridge to a world we hunger for but have yet to create. She died just days after being released from federal prison in 2010.

From a collection of letters from currently incarcerated US political prisoners to their Palestinian sisters and brothers. Our colleagues at Birzeit University’s Institute for Women’s Studies translated the letters into Arabic. The solidarity was palpable during the final plenary of Birzeit’s conference, when the phone rang and we heard the voice of US political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. Mumia was calling from Pennsylvania to express solidarity with and love for the people of Palestine.

The entire pamphlet can be read here:…/PP%20Booklet%20Ar%20and%20…

Marilyn’s Poetry can be read and heard here:
Marilyn’s Poetry can be read and heard here

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