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Thursday, January 27, 2011

After Friday Prayers

After Friday Prayers

After Friday Prayers
After salat
al humdulilah
we shall meet in the streets
to shout no more pharaoh
no more presidents for life
no more American aide for guns and tear gas
no more uncle abdullah
no more
no more reactionary theology
no honor killings
suppression of women's dignity
no more
after Friday prayers
in Tunisia
Saudi Arabia
Persian Gulf
no more
after Fatihah/Ikhlas
we shall meet the guns of Pharaoh Mubarak
we shall meet the tear gas
even death even
we shall meet
and go to paradise
for freedom
we have no fear of Pharaoh's guns/tear gas
no fear no more
we are mostly young and invincible
we have the model
we shall meet in the streets
to live again
to breathe
to love
to take control of our lives
to feed our families
to fly in the sun of freedom and liberty.
--Marvin X

Marvin X is called the USA's Rumi. He is guest editor of the Journal of Pan African Studies, Poetry Issue. Sweet Tea/Dirty Rice is his next collection of poems,2011. On Saturday, February 19, Noon til 6pm, you are invited to attend the Journal of Pan African Studies Poetry Festival and Chauncey Bailey Book Fair, Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street @ Franklin, downtown Oakland.

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