Hiba Rasheed

Edition December 2020

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Mental Revolution

By Hiba Rasheed

Slumber eludes these murky eyes

Eyes held captive

In the memory of you sleeping as a child

Now morphed into incomprehension

A walking, talking horror picture

Replaying

In the shadows of our borders

I try to cross over

But

I

Die

Everyday

Get washed up at your shore

Because your

Foreign policy dictates

That love is to be shoved and kindness will break

You

Down

Let me in

Let you out

Let us douse this cerebral oppression

With divine prostration

Be the calamity that befalls carnal incarceration

Fill your empty streets

With the chants of liberation

And rebuild cities from the ruins

Where your essence

Remains lucid

Unscathed

By the aftermath of revolution

As dusk part ways with dawn,

And Azan calls you to pray

You will find me

Relentless

At your border

Ready to strike

In you

With you

Until these shackles abate


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