The Land: a poem by Hasani
Hasani is a member of Freedom from Torture's creative writing group Write to Life. 'The Land' is a poem insired by JMW Turner's painting 'Hedging and Ditching'. Hasani performed the poem at the Tate and at Freedom from Torture's food event The Big Cook Up in June 2012.
The soft sound of the ploughshare
As it cuts through the wet, rich earth
An acrid smell of sweat from labourers
As they bend to their toil.
A dark cloud hangs above the sky
Heavy with rain, waiting for the peasants
To finish the hedging and ditching
Of the land
Before it opens its floodgates.
And the land, like a helpless patient, lies
As new veins are cut through it
To contain the fury of the rain.
Land the food provider
Land the cause of wars
Land the maker of landlords, landowners, land barons.
We spit on you, we shit on you, we piss on you
You are our mother, nourishing all your children
Worker and idle alike.
Greedy and cruel you have made the honest man
He covets you.
'Sons of the soil', he shouts,
'Take up arms and reclaim your land!'
Whose land? His land?
Hasani has blogged about the collaboration between Write to Life and the Tate.