A Poem for Egypt

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 3:09pm
A Poem for Egypt

With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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Families who could not join the rallies in Tahrir Square or at the Presidential Palace protested outside their homes while holding Egyptian flags.

Credit: Zeinab Mohamed License: Flickr (cc by-nc-sa 2.0).

With his "heart full to bursting," our lyrical friend and poet Yahia Lababidi sent me this short poem in response to the events happening in his native homeland of Egypt:

Egypt
You are the deep fissure in my sleep,
that hard reality underneath
a stack of soft-cushioning illusions.
Self-exiled, even after all these years
I remain your ever-adoring captive
I register as inner tremors
— across oceans and continents —
the flap of your giant wing, struggling
to be free and know I shall not rest until
your glorious metamorphosis is complete.

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Always the inner reality speaks clearly. thank you.

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