Monday, December 18,  2017

Life

What is to give Light

BY Yahia Lababidi

What is to give light must endure

burning, a man once said

Another man became the matchstick

that set a nation aflame


But fire, and its appetite, cannot be

calculated, like freedom

Injustice and desperation make men

combustible, like dry wood


When words lose their meaning

and an entire people their voice – 

so they can neither laugh nor scream – 

death and life begin to taste the same


From Tunis, to Egypt, to Yemen to Syria

the light from a burning man proved catching

And those with nothing to lose, or offer, but bodies

fanned the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream.

 

Yahia Lababidi, is an Egyptian-American writer. He is the author of three collections: Signposts to Elsewhere (aphorisms); Trial by Ink (Essays) and Fever Dreams (poems). Lababidi has recently publish a new book, The Artist As Mystic - http://www.onesuchpress.com/index.php/books/121-the-artist-as-mystic 

His website: http://www.pw.org/content/yahia_lababidi

 



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