“I want to guard flowers against animals
I admire beauty and promote love
I want a wholesome peace with no crack
That's why I'm continuously under attack!”

RAPIDFIRE POEMS OF AN INCARCERATED POET FROM PAKISTAN

Jesus and Hussain

By Habib Sulemani












It’s a cold December.
This year,
two opposing calendars
have met
at a common point,
showing a
high degree of commonality!

This meeting of the Gregorian and
Islamic calendars has brought
two oppressed historic characters together,
and December has become vindictively hot!

Jesus of Nazareth is a prophet
of the Muslims. For the Christians, 
his legendary fatherless birth
makes him the son of no-one but God!
  
Hussain of Karbala is the persecuted
beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
For some Muslims. Others believe 
he's a spiritual leader, and savior of the faith.

Whatever. Both preached virtues of humanity
to the common people of their times,
which threatened the cunning power players!

The ISI in those tumultuous times
considered Jesus and Hussain
threats to its traditional tyrant rule! Thus

General Guls, Kayanis and Pashas
tried to eliminate them 
through the ancient version of the Taliban!

However, they failed miserably.
Centuries have passed since then,
Jesus and Hussain are still alive!
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