“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

The Hawker Revolution — Arab world sings for democracy

for Muhammad Bouazizi, a Tunisian street-hawker, whose tragic death acted as a catalyst for change 

By Habib Sulemani














In solitary confinement,
I can hear the song of liberty
amid gunshots from the Arab world:  

"We want freedom
 We want democracy"

Freedom is the music
Freedom is the cry
Don't ask me: why!

The melodious voices from the
desert're intoxicating...
It's compelling everybody—even the
thundering guns're dancing!

Azizi’s red blood has made the desert green
This—history had never ever seen
Trembling dynasties're crumbling...
Hurray! Democracy is coming!   

Generals and mullahs: stay away! 
You've shed enough blood
Lower your guns and loudspeakers...
Let's dance to the tune of democracy! 
 
Let's sing the song of liberty
Let’s dance for democracy

Arabs want their lost dignity back...  
For ages they've been out of track...
Now the helpless people've a ray of hope
The oppressors can't cut the divine rope!

It’s not the Arabian Nights' Entertainment era
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria—
Everyone seeks freedom in the Arabian Peninsula
Not only Libya and Syria
Liberty is the right of entire Asia and Africa! 

Freedom is the music
Freedom is the cry
Don't ask me: why!

Tired of the despot, corrupt and aged rulers
The youth bade farewell to recruiters of bombers
Ay! Cyber Generation, don't act like people after Saddam…
Do not separate peace from Islam!

The tyrants’re fleeing to the new palace of the old king...
The last refuge of any disgraced barbaric regime!

“My motherland'll vomit the fascist with big ego”
I can hear the song of a Libyan shepherd
Remove the unholy rulers from the Holly Land
The world hears the chanting sand
Kings, amirs, presidents and prime ministers
Every chameleon and despot'll evaporate into air!  

Freedom is the music
Freedom is the cry
Don't ask me: why!

People seek peace and prosperity
A corruption-free country
Citizens want to live with good grace
Not like beasts—but as a human race!

The song of liberty is deafening the oppressors around 
“Music is forbidden,” declares the king’s trusted cleric
“Oppression is forbidden,” shouts the Arabian crowd 
“We want freedom. We want grace
We want to live like a human race!”

Behold, global players!
Do you hear the music?
The whirlwind of change has taken away people's fear
Men and women're seeking no less than liberty
Stop the pirates from hijacking the ship of dignity
Right in the middle of the Arabian Sea!

Abandon the theocratic, secular
and military dictators everywhere!
They’re sucking your blood like hookworms
They’re making a hole in your soul
And injured souls can’t be healed by crude oil!

Let nightingales sing in the oasis freely
Let rusted musical instruments come to life again
Let arms go to hellfire not human beings
Let peace triumph in the Middle East
The Holly Land needs a graceful feast!

Listen to the music
Hay, hay, listen to...

“We want freedom
We want democracy”

Freedom is the music
Freedom is the cry
Don't ask me: why!

***
Sources