Ahamad Ilyaas Vilayathullah

Basra Awaits A Musa

Now that the tyrant is gone,
You fail to know
What your position today is.

He was a tyrant, no doubt.
But there was an order
In the disorder.

The madness, sure, had a method.
Now, do you find only madness?
What else did
you see in Basra?

The ribs of your darling little,
Baha Musa, trampled and broken,
Now a lifeless lump!

Perhaps, they were celebrating
The glory of their military might,
And the Blare they heard.

Do not call them killers, nor savages,
These are your names.
And naming is their business.

And they have come to liberate you
From the oppressor, the tyrant,
And read no ironies in these words.

The age of ironies is gone.
And you live in the pure
White age of the liberators.

You children of Abraham,
How do you stand
This much liberty,
This much affection?

Put all your might together.
The little Baha Musa will be
Reborn in your Basra city.

A Musa to challenge
The double-headed
Pharaoh of the age.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A poem in response to the news that a young Iraqi boy was tortured to death in the custody of the occupying British military force. It coincided with Tony Blair's visit to Basra after the capture of Saddam Hussein, adding blood besides color to the military celebrations.

Comments about this poem (Basra Awaits A Musa by Ahamad Ilyaas Vilayathullah )

There is no comment submitted by members..

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. After a Death , Tomas Tranströmer
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
[Hata Bildir]