About: Hello dear stranger. This blog is a sanctuary - a sanctuary for the long forgotten. It contains a collection of poems from the Middle East. Do not be surprised by what you read. Do not despair. Keep an open mind. Enjoy.
Sleep, You hungry people, sleep! The gods of food watch over you. Sleep, if you are not satiated by wakefulness, then sleep shall fill you. Sleep, with thoughts of smooth-as butter-promises, mingled with words as sweet as honey. Sleep, and enjoy the best of health. What a fine thing is sleep for the wretched. Sleep till the resurrection morning then it will be time enough to rise. Sleep in the swamps surging with silty waters. Sleep to the tune of mosquitoes humming, as if it were the crooning of doves. Sleep to the echo of long speeches by great and eminent power politicians. Sleep, you hungry people sleep. For sleep is one of the blessings of peace. It is stupid for you to rise, sowing discord where harmony reigns. Sleep, for the reform of corruption simply consists in your sleeping on. Sleep, you hungry people, sleep! Don’t cut off others’ livelihood. Sleep, your skin cannot endure the shower of sharp arrows when you wake. Sleep, for the yards of jail houses are all teeming with violent death, and you are the more in need of rest after the harshness of oppression. Sleep, and the leaders will find ease from a sickness that has no cure.- Muhammad al-Jawahiri