Tuesday 25th July 2017,
Poetry Potion

25/01/13 A Poem A Day writing prompt

today’s writing prompt is:

for those that think the country is in your
and your kids’ names

from Tunisian Jasmine by Ibn al Dheeb

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Tunisian Jasmine by Ibn al Dheeb

Knowing that those that satisfy themselves
and upset their people tomorrow
will have someone else sitting in their seat,
knowing that those that satisfy themselves
and upset their people tomorrow
will have someone else sitting in their seat,
for those that think the country is in your
and your kids’ names, the country is for
the people, and its glories are theirs.

Repeat with one voice, for one faith:
We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.
We are all Tunisia in the face of repressive elites.

The Arab governments and who rules them are,
without exception, thieves. Thieves!
The question that frames the thoughts
of those who wonder will not find an answer
in any official channels. As long as it imports
everything it has from the West,
why can’t it import laws and freedoms?
Why can’t it import laws and freedoms?

(source: http://creativethinkersintl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/referendum-on-poetic-passion-imprisoned-for-life)

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