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"These youth love death as you love life."
—Osama bin Laden, 1996

At the beginning
it was a sense of awe
at the individual's action:
a hero, perhaps,
to give up their own life
for—what? political gain,
religious devotion, duty,
history—the glory
of an afterlife? Certainly
the emphasis was on suicide,
a voluntary giving up of body
and soul, to a cause
(supposedly) beyond the single
life, the unique fingerprint
of someone's existence
here on planet earth.

Now, as the deaths grow
in number, innocent persons
blown to pieces, injured
people suffering, sirens
and rubble in country
after country, victims carried
away on stretchers, blood
on city streets, in places
of worship or shopping or transport,
hotels or nightclubs, airplanes—
as time goes on, the emphasis
shifts to bomber,    
an operative meant
solely to blow up, blast
apart, detonate and destroy.

Finally there has come
to be a change of name,
homicide bomber, the hero
become a murderer,
the physical body
no longer flesh, bone, spirit

but now a form of arms,
an object designed
to inflict bodily harm;
"the beauty of weapons"
no longer a metaphor
but a deadly reality:
the radiance of a unique soul,
no longer human, but weaponry,
to murder, maim and kill.


Copyright by Carolyn Zonailo:, 2009 | Poems | Name Change
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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
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There is a quality in her work which makes all her poems hers, but Zonailo’s style does differ. Compendium is a collection of short, lyrical poetry; Zone 5 of prose. Each book is an extension of her poetic exploration and a separate expression.
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I give my soul to God.
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I give my spirit to tolerance.
I give my mind to the future.
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The Land of Motionless ChildhoodThe Land of Motionless Childhood is a memoir of short stories by Carolyn Zonailo about growing up in Vancouver, and her Doukhobor heritage.
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Literary Papers
Spanning the years 1955 to 2005, the Carolyn Zonailo Papers holds, as nearly as possible, a currently complete collection of Zonailo's extant literary papers.
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