Famed Iraqi Poet Who Called for Unity Became Casualty of War
Baghdad, IRAQ: Iraqis weep over the coffin of Iraqi poet Rahim al-Maliki during his funeral in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, 26 June 2007
A famed Iraqi poet who used his art to call for healing and unity in his home country lost his life in the Monday bombing of the al-Mansour hotel in Baghdad.
The tragedy of Rahim al-Maliki's death imbues a new poignancy and power to the words he wrote in life.
"If you do not love Iraq
Then do not pray with me
You, Iraq, the land of well-being
When you stand tall, we stand tall
They throw stones at your windows
But your glass has destroyed their stones."