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In the Name of God بسم الله

Identity Politics

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Nadir

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how lucky is the beast

that he gallops through harsh terrain

refusing to be conquered although his struggle

will end in defeat

how cryptic are the signs of the past

that we make the same mistakes as the dead

 

how torn is the muslim

he is raised in peace while the land 

of his prophet

burns 

 

kings forbid us to kiss his grave

their palestinian blood-lipstick marked on the cheeks

of beer drinking politicians

 

how hard is it to reconcile two extreme allegiances

the muslim stands in a desert in the south

surrounded by land mines and abandoned tanks

rusted, made infernal by a descending, finite sun

 

backward, progressive, primitive, modern

developing, developed, civilised, savage

interests forever in conflict

definitions on opposite ends of an infinite straight line

ideas living as neighbours

one's good, another's evil

 

the grey's lack of spine renders its words 

useless

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I think the poem tries to made a point.  The mass media is always projecting an image of Islam that is not the reality of the vast majority, yet, many impressionable youths can take this image as their identity.  As far as craft goes for this poem, I don't like it much, but to reach the poems objective, I can't think of another way much less a better way.  So, even with my scruples, I rate this as success.  Way to break new ground Nadir.   

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