Occupy Poetry

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!”

From: 
Redeyef, Tunisia 30/12/2011

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