Peace, one and all…
‘Rockets fall and cannons roar,
‘The land is ours, now and forever’, they say.
Who truly has a claim to the earth,
Striding across the sand as though he were a living god?
Utter foolishness and again, utter foolishness!
The earth belongs to the One who brought it forth from the void,
As for us, we own nothing.
Naked we have arrived
And naked we shall depart.
In all truth, we are merely tenants,
Our occupancy fleeting at best.
Would, then, that we might accept the terms of our tenancy;
‘Give Me justice and right dealing’;
Or else face eviction.
Buildings topple and children weep,
Homes crumble and the old stagger on,
Homeless and afraid.
How long will you live thus,
An angry and unhappy neighbour?
Remember the adab of your ancestors
And forget your proud claims…’