Even the Sky is Bad!

by Ali Znaidi

In the beginning was the land, so large, uncouth and immaculate:
No enclosures, no contours, no borders.
Then the land became: his land, her land, their land, our land,
your land, and a tiny my land!
The fact that some creatures have wings is easy to explain:
The sky is better than the land
because there are no enclosures, no contours and no borders.
But the thing that vexes me is why on earth a strong eagle
devours a weak tiny bird?
I think even the sky is bad,
though there are no enclosures, no contours and no borders.

Redeyef, Tunisia 26/02/2012

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About Ali Znaidi

Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002. He teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages and literary translation. His work has appeared in The Bamboo Forest, The Camel Saloon, phantom kangaroo, BoySlut, fortunates.org, Otoliths, and is upcoming in Yes, Poetry, and The Rusty Nail. He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—http://sixsentences.ning.com/profile/AliZnaidi.