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SUDAN 4 (Genesis)
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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River Nile played the 'ud


For his love child


The Atbara


And on the shores of Suakin


ImmortalYemen's golden breath


Rose like a sun of francincense


Above the Nubian desert


That reached out in its longing


For the pearl-like eyes


Of Najd and Hejaz


Wide was the circuit


Of the Red Sea's rearing hand


Tot Anh


His rough callussed palm marked


By toil and ardour


With a rich sweeping gesture


Called man, the traveller


To his fires


And housed him


In his shade


Love then


Was a white sail


That spanned


All the land


Its soil was stainless


Sweet and pure


As camel milk


Enchanted warmth


Bore souls in abundance


And light


That was a barque accross the skies


Today


As love lies


In the chains


Of possession


Blood-coloured tears


Drench the dark heart's


Blue veins


Which errupted with suffering


And flooded the land


With wounds that are hidden


Behind laughter


With laments


That unleashed its songs


And with memories to which


The dawning age took refuge


To be borne


In its dances


Like in a well


So deeply concealed


That it shall not be


Submerged


The earth's tender skin


Cracks


Under the tearing step


Of heavy boots


Her children turned


Soldiers


Just a day after birth


And what


Shall I write


Of the dark continent?


Tongue-tied


Letter-bound


I ask


Too many questions


Awaiting finality


I ask eternity


Shyly:


Shall your heart


Memorise


This day?


"A bleached bone


In the sun"


Faituri said


Two dead doves


In my grave


And the undying


African night

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Reviewed by S H (Reader) 11/27/2005
Touching as your words always are.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/22/2005
This is a beautifully written heartfelt, sad poem.
"It takes two to tango"

Eileen
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