A poem for Ashraf Fayadh
Saudi courts, your rule of fear is finished
- the sentence on this poet negates your faith.
Your hollow incantation "God Is Great"
is plainly false if God can be diminished
by lines of verse. Should murder be admonished
to Ashraf Fayadh, forevermore his fate
will hold as evidence that you're afraid
of poetry. Frankly I'm astonished:
astonished that a land so steeped in culture,
in literature and learning long ago
aspires to quash the language of the future.
Your ploy to silence Ashraf is absurd.
Exercise your wisdom and you'll know
that poets can be removed but not their words.