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They Ask Me Why.
by Ahmad Hj Abang
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The Middle East conflict, among others, are the most enduring ever since it started thousands of years ago. Among followers of the three main religion we shared prophets and holy men. Only our own interpretation differs.

they ask me why
were the lines drawn so wide,
crossing all historical borders
crushing man's proud inventions
giving way to endless prejudices
forever deaf to lover's pleas

so fragile is the canvas
no man's brush is soft enough
never are their dreams too delicate
the sky's our roof. stars and meteors
are only chess pieces
moving at the player's fancies.

man's questions resemble daydreams
ever fleeting yet so elusive
gone are the days when issues plain
stood under the sun
no ifs, buts and other conditions
to suffocate those who yield.

they all swore by the books
but books are at their mercy
left alone books do not speak
those wayfarers chasing jigsaw pieces
scattered by the desert wind
knowing before night all're in place

they ask me why do this
brush dance as it is
the canvasses of chechnya and palestine wails on
baring young bleeding hearts
they are policy-maker's history. The crimson sand
still whisper names like Sharon and bin Laden
 

these are children of the Dome
borne of rock that clasped Mohamad's feet
now breathing torrents of tears
politics made them so, not Islam.
truth then are all smiles
dancing only to the loudest music

are they also not children of Abraham? one
speaking from many hearts. It was just interpretations
yet they are grabbing throats
only the crimson dust
embracing their war-worn boots
saw clearly their fallacies

he's always a bully since day one
with the biggest gun around
cocked and ready to the count of one
even Jim,Jimmy and John are frowned upon
for now they too read the book.
war is a fool's policy

 



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Reviewed by Glen Manese
I like the powerful statement and the end of the last line to seal the verse...

Glen
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