Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Insh-Allah TODAY...I write

Today, I stand
and stare into the eyes
of injustice and
watch as they blink first

Today, I implement mental blocks
that alleviate images of
abstract thoughts

Today, I seize my pen
as it bleeds metaphors
that sympathize
with victims near the shores
where famine lays its siege
and dehydration infiltrates
like armed militia

Today, I'll write
constantly because of
and poverty

I'll write, in this flimsy notebook
to eradicate ambiguous assertions
with phrases and words
as words DO matter

because if the Ummah is a body
and life is a test
with Muslims in duress
how could pain not flow like the ink from my pen
how could it not bleed through my text like a threat
leaving imprints on pages I haven't even wrote on yet.

Abdisalaan Haji
Copyright ©2011

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