A Poem to the Forsaken
Remember my face, for I am a fighter.
Remember my smile, for I am a gladiator.
Seek my blood, but it tastes bitter.
Violate my hope, but still it grows stronger.
Ravish my innocence, and yet it will shine brighter.
Plead not thy guilt, for guilt inhabits conscience.
Ask not for mercy, for you stray from forgiveness.
Live for my ruin, I touch glory.
Eradicate my roots, yet history documents my story.
Swallow my pride, if deemed necessary.
Tantalize my thought, but it remains my sanctuary.
Invade my soul, wreck my walls,
pretend me an ‘aberration’.
Nourish your antipathy,
here comes mankind’s abomination.
Envy my free will, wallow in desolation.
Estranged! I am not.
Broken! Dream not.
Yielding! Rejoice not.
Remember the promise, for it fades not.
My Name is engraved on the walls of memory.
Hands of fate will sooth my agony.
Forget me not, my faithful enemy.
© Houda Kefi
Excerpt from the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
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