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.