What is to give light
If I could say something to the brave souls back home, I’d say this:
Remember, you have Youth, Truth and Love on your side; the old regime only has Hate and Lies. Let that give you courage to forge a New Future; they represent a stubborn past. Do not let them divide you or put fear in your hearts. And let the young lead, the young are still immune to fear. Keep your spirits high and clean and you will keep the protests beautiful.
You make us all proud. You’re our hope and inspiration!
27 January 2011
What is to give Light
What is to give light must endure
burning, a man once said
Another man became the matchstick
that set a nation aflame
But fire, and its appetite, cannot be
calculated, like freedom
Injustice and desperation make men
combustible, like dry wood
When words lose their meaning
and an entire people their voice –
so they can neither laugh nor scream –
death and life begin to taste the same
From Tunis, to Egypt, to Lebanon to Yemen
the light from a burning man proved catching
And those with nothing to lose, or offer, but bodies
fanned the embers of their hopes into a blazing dream.