Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Powerful Poems

I read these poems by the Yemeni activist Zain Alsaqqaf and I was really moved.
Zain Alsakkaf was a man who believed in freedom and fought for it, and his dedication to the cause will contnue to inspire people even after his death.

Situation Announcement

The dress of our illusions is worn out
Holes widened from every side
I begged her… mom, stop mending it
It’s useless!
We need new attire
That’s fit for our glories!


He sleeps on the sidewalk
And when he wakes up from his heaven,
He wanders around the streets
Walks in the markets
His palm spread in front of him
Begging for an apple!

In the Cage

I know that the yearning comes with the clouds
It might rain here, or in other places
But I am not waiting for the clouds of nostalgia
I am waiting for my belovedI know the signs of her coming
From the color of the horizon,
And the smell of the wind,
From the shivering of my eyelashes
And the taste in my mouth
I know these signs are never mistaken
I am here,
Waiting for freedom’s arrival
full of the scent of dignity…

The Cave and I

It doesn’t make a difference for me
If u don’t come tomorrow
For you did not come yesterday
I have been waiting for a century:
For love, and bread
For work, and hope
Whether standing or walking,
I am still waiting
In this cave that’s called home
It doesn’t really matter
But what I am afraid of
Is that because of my long stand, waiting,
I’d grow a tail!
So, if you finally come,
And see what I fear you would,
Don’t be scared,
Nor sad
If I drag behind me,
A long tail… of disappointments...

note: the poems were translated from arabic.


Blogger Radical said...

thanks for posting the powems on your blog zainab. they are worth a fortune to me and spreading them is one of my causes in life.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Waffles said...

good poems.

and its good to have you back.

3:34 AM  
Blogger Chanad said...

i thought you had stopped blogging. good to see youre still at it zainab.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

anytime Lamya, I really do love these poems.

And thanks Wafi.

And Chanad, I lost faith in blogging for a while I must admit, but now I'm back. However, even when I didn't blog I checked your blog everyday :)

Good to be back!

7:15 PM  
Blogger ainialyaman said...

Greetings from Yemen!Many thanks for republishing Al Saqaf's poems on your blog.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My name is Najla. Zain's daughter and Lamya's sister. Thank you very much for this.
You do not know how much this mean to me.


12:51 PM  

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