A Wedding Dirge

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Note: The American Government, at the direction
     of President Joe Biden, will release a long 
     overdue report today of its findings concerning the
     murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 
     
A Wedding Dirge

Ezekiel connected dem dry bones,

“Mr. Khashoggi? What a nice surprise.
What brings you to Istanbul?”
 
“What else? My love, Hatice, waits here.”
Now hear the word of the Lord.

Head bone connected to the heart bone.
Heart bone connected to the soul bone.
 
“I seek the required Marriage Document.”
Now hear the word of the Lord.
 
Soul bone connected to the courage bone,
Courage bone connected to the backbone.
 
“Please come with us, Mr. Khashoggi.”
Now hear the word of the Lord.
 
“Hatice is waiting outside. She’ll be worried.”
Now hear the word of the Lord.

Backbone connected to the shoulder bone,
Shoulder bone connected to the arm bone.
 
“We insist, Mr. Khashoggi! You dare to write!
You overstep the bounds! You cannot criticize!”
 
“I write only of the truth. Is truth a crime?
Please. My bride waits just outside. Hatice. Hatice.”
 
Arm bone connected to the hand bone,
Hand bone connected to the truth bone.
 
“Lies! There is a dear price to pay, Mr. Khashoggi!”
Now hear the word of the Lord.
 
“I cannot breathe! I beg of you! Have mercy!” 
Now hear the word of the Lord.
 
“All we need of you, Mr. Khashoggi, is silence.”
Now hear the word of the Lord.
 
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