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The Longing

By Nimah Nawwab

The Longing

Freedom.
How her spirit
Haunts,
Hooks,
Entices us all!

Freedom,
Will the time come
For my ideas to roam
Across this vast land’s deserts,
Through the caverns of the Empty Quarter?

For my voice to be sent forth,
Crying out in the stillness of a quiet people,
A voice among the voiceless?

For my thoughts, that hurl around
In a never-ending spiral,
To settle
To mature, grow and flourish
In a barren wasteland of shackled minds?

Will my spirit be set free—
To soar above the undulating palm fronds?
Will my essence and heart be unfettered,
Forever
Freed,
Of man-made Thou Shall Nots?

 

http://www.nimahnawwab.com/audio/longing%204.mp3
Nimah Ismail Nawwab was born in a Meccan family with a long history of scholars. An English writer, editor and poet as well as photographer, her interests have led her to venture in various fields and work on diverse projects.

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