Failed Attempts

by Ali Znaidi

They attempted to hide our silence
in the museum halls of their Democracy.
But they couldn’t
because the factories of their propaganda
went bankrupt.
They attempted to kill any bird
that flies in the sky.
But they couldn’t
because their bullets ran out,
& eggs in the nests always abound.
They attempted to lock bodies
behind bars.
But they couldn’t
because the bars
of the free sun melted their bars away.
They attempted to market freedom
in their Democracy’s vitrines.
But they couldn’t
because cracks abound in their vitrines.
Oh, how idiot they are
to forget the proverb that says:
“Just pass by a rough river
and never pass by a silent one!”

Redeyef, Tunisia 30/12/2011

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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,, Otoliths, and is upcoming in Yes, Poetry, and The Rusty Nail. He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—