For L. …once more A small window on the roof. Darkness penetrates. A lingering presence spreads some shadow and crimson light on her blossoming face. The heart moans with every beat, It overcomes her sighs and punctures a wound… A fissuring wound in the chest. Her hand caresses my ribs, counting their wishes, And […]
By: Ahmed Yousef Aqila 1 In the classroom, he glances the teacher and his stick. He whispers without looking at me “give me a ruler, my ruler is broken” 2 In the army, he glances the officer that is parading us in the courtyard. He whispers without looking at me “my shoes are not shiny as […]
By: Giuma Bukleb Roads tearing earth's body East and West North and South. Long, short, twisted, plane, extremely steep, Ascending, wide, foggy, tarmacked, sandy, muddy, Flat, bending. Roads that fool you and others you fool. Roads you love And roads you hate. Roads you dream of and others nightmarish. Beautiful roads lined with greenery and […]
In the middle of a long path I regurgitate some leftovers from the night before Pretend I am handsome in my self-deprecation And nurse a cup brimful with sour days He has the habit to smack his head protestingly Recites his epic lamentation, “They are” “We are” “Those people” “Our problem is…” “They, Them” “We, […]
In a short story I wrote long before the Libyan uprising, I imagined a man riding beside a reckless and erratic driver along with several other silent passengers in a very old car. Driving for an eternity on a long never ending hot baking road, the man kept asking the driver only one […]
(Watercolour on paper A4 – August 2013)
They wish to see you dead before you are free..
Free speech in Libya has been transformed in a relatively short period. The initial boom of diverse independent media outlets has been hailed by many observers as one of the major achievements of the Libyan uprising after decades of oppression on the freedom of ordinary people to voice their opinion and dissent. However the initial euphoria gave […]