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Poetry in Protest

On a day when over 1,000 Yemeni bodega owners in New York City are on strike to protest the president’s immigration ban, here is a gut-wrenching poem by one of Yemen’s best known poets, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Maqaleh.

The Betrayal
by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Maqaleh

My faith in poetry is betrayed, as blood,
gushing from the heart of the square,
now masks the face of words

My eyes can no longer
make out the shape of things,
the tone of things

Blood, blood, and more blood

It shrouds my soul, my tongue
it envelopes the horizon
and stains people’s bread,
falling on plates,
coffee cups,
and the eyes of children.

What dark shadow
casts its corpse across our homeland,
in this city made of light?

What day long bloody hours
lurk over the public square,
in a time of darkness,
hunting for young men
at the age of youthful dreams

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