description: An Australian citizen kidnapped by Iraqi militants has pleaded for US-led coalition forces to leave Iraq to save his life. This footage is of that plea. The tape shows a man identifying himself as Douglas Wood, 63.
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from Black Rook in Rainy Weather
by Sylvia Plath

…At any rate, I now walk
Wary (for it could happen
Even in this dull, ruinous landscape); skeptical,
Yet politic; ignorant

Of whatever angel may choose to flare
Suddenly at my elbow. I only know that a rook
Ordering its black feathers can so shine
As to seize my senses, haul
My eyelids up, and grant

A brief respite from fear
Of total neutrality. With luck,
Trekking stubborn through this season
Of fatigue, I shall
Patch together a content

Of sorts. Miracles occur,
If you care to call those spasmodic
Tricks of radiance miracles. The wait’s begun again,
The long wait for the angel.
For that rare, random descent.

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