Robin Yassin-Kassab

al-Qa’ida Speaks

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time does not pass

our dead live more deeply

water flows stalactite

our lungs do not breathe



we have no enemies contemporary

we fight ghosts of the past

Crusader and Jew

Safavid, Qarmatian

Mongol, munaafiq

the followers of Khusrau

– all must be repeated

there is no new news


the sin of this moment

is the taint of the present

its salvation lies deep in

its own timeless heart


Written by Robin Yassin-Kassab

September 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

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