& i know why
at the world that is coated-
is this correct? isn’t this correct?
your moral, academic, journalistic, spiritual, social and other strivings-
are they not, more or less, attempts
to alert people to injustice?
to entice them to help you erase it?
to expose the lie?
& destroy it in the light?
you endeavor, it seems, to in some way restore a Balance
it’s good to work hard
the other side obviously is
everyone has the same goal:
to build & destroy
we only differ on the objects
because in the end-
& i’m in the habit of saying this now-
there’s more than enough food in the world,
much more than enough to go around
and there’s also more than enough oil, gold, wood, land, in short EVERYTHING
we have way more than enough of every thing
it is not for these that any war has ever been fought
the one thing
the ONLY thing
there isn’t enough of
is room for everyone’s dream to come true
it is for this alone that the Balance is upset
as for me
i’ll be God-damned
if i don’t wake up to my dream
i can’t seem to respect anyone who doesn’t feel the same way
i respect my enemy
more than my enemy’s enemy
is the reason
of our rage
“ours” if yours is like mine and many others
the better of whom utilize means-
any which are effective-
& fire this rage
through matrices of lexis, procedure & bureaucracy
does it soothe your burning heart?
does is satisfy your soul?
or are we just slowly burning ourselves out?
we know patience is wise
negotiation is a strategy
compromise is a necessary, if regrettable, means
has our patience become complacency & complicity?
how far have our negotiations advanced us?
are we compromising for justice, or compromising justice itself?
in sha Allah
i shall soon make it my habit of saying
that we do not choose the beginning of our life stories
but we do author the middle and end
your conclusion shall either read:
“i did it because…”
“i did not do it because…”
these are are a lot of words to write to a stranger
indeed every one
& every thing
is becoming strange to me
you’re just a face that came out of the rain
“strive ‘til you stride!”