It is hard to read this poetry without understanding the plight of these Guantanamo prisoners, held for years, tortured, and stripped of all human rights protections. They represent the shame of America, what our history books in some future time will term the "great mistake" of our democracy. For they don't represent democracy at all. The prisoners of Guantanamo reflect a future fascist state where none of us have rights, and all are treated with cruelty and mindless brutality.
By standing for the rights of Guantanamo prisoners, we are also standing for the rights of ourselves and our children.