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Painting of the Beaten

by Rebeca Lucret (writer), New York City, March 23, 2011

Credit: Television (Anonymous)
Images and how they stay with us.

A poem dedicated to the man beaten by his peer's in Cairo's Tahrir Square   during the protest to oust Mubarak. 02/2011

We watched him get beat.

She with an over sized candied apple,

I with two-toned silver and gold eating utensils.

I sliced, they sliced.

We ate and we watched

As spots of growing red polka dots

Stained the whites of his shirt.

A nameless man stood straddled on the hood of a jeep,

The sunlight on his pain was Vermeer and light,

Fists upon skin,

Art can be anything.

We watched him get beat.

She with sugar coated dreams in hand

I balancing an overabundance of dancing spaghetti.

We ate and we watched


As our stomachs held food

While witnessing eight animals,

Bearing God's image

Strike their brother,



Religiously -

A modern day baroque.

Anything can be art.

We watched him get beat,

Once at five, then at ten.

The visions within four hundred counts of thread

Laced within flannel and gown,

So real one could smell the blood,

brushed and smeared.

One could hear the wince of heartache

And touch the chaos of spasm -

Three dimensional.

And now I lay me down to sleep.....

But the flare in blows,

Keep our eyes pinned

On the malice frescoed

Into the canvas of our skulls.

We watched him get beat.

And housed his story like the Sistine chapel,

Forever on the ceilings of our souls.

About the Writer

Rebeca Lucret is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By mantra lotus on March 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

Awesome!!! Tragically reminiscent of (that) day. Actually, of ALL the days especially the gruesome recent days.

I love how you put in perspective the detachment from those not physically involved and how (We; as the viewers) think that we are untouched..yet we are grossly affected.

"Anything can be art"...Simply Extraordinary

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on March 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

i really dig your imagery...

keep punchin'

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By Rebeca Lucret on March 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

@Cher...Thank you! Your words mean everything.

@mantra lotus...Thank you. We are all impacted one way or another and it's so important we acknowledge it. Thank you again for reading. :-)

@Mean...Thanks. I'll keep punchin'....

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By TonyBerkman on October 18, 2011 at 06:56 pm

Brilliant work, Rebecca. Sobering.

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