Usto Mohammad – 1985

I know this smell well

Earth damp and reed

And the sudden fall of temperature after sunset.


I know this smell

In another century

When my heart was full of anger

Against the injustices of this world

And my soul tormented with the anguish of love

It soothed my pain.


Today it fills my being with a strange warmth

And a softness so intense

That it almost pains

Love it seems has triumphed over anger.


But how long for?

The oil guzzlers and gun merchants

Have become one with the peddlers of religious intolerance

Our future is full of fear, conflict and bigotry.

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