To My Mother

To you dear mother ,
I pay this homage
To celebrate your boundless love
and rare courage.

Whenever I fell ill
or felt pain inside,
You were always there
caring , by my bedside.

You spent sleepless nights
to cater for my needs.
This is the apex of love
and what sacrifice means

You sowed in me
seeds of devotion and respect
Now , they have bloomed
into rosy prospects

Though illiterate ,
you’re a well of wisdom
Full of witty ideas
and matchless decorum

As peaceful and lovely as a dove
You’re the soul of the family
and my symbol of love.

The Bleak sea

For the last few years , More and more third world youngsters ( mainly in Africa) have been trying hopelessly to cross perilously the Mediterranean basin aboard shaky boats in order to reach the « dreamland » : Europe. Fleeing a despicable situation characterized by unemployment, deprivation and destitution. these youngsters are obviously despondent pondering over a grim homeland and aspiring to a bright future overseas.They hold the deep-seated conviction that on the other side of the sea life is much better and the living conditions are humane ,so it is worth venturing the stormy sea cost what it may be.They pay an expensive fare( up to 4000dollars) between Africa and Europe ,the arrival is not guarranteed,though. Most of them perish and end up down the seabed, the more fortunate do actually reach the shore ,and the less fortuante get caught by coast guards.Networks have formed in the north of Morocco , and which prey on these people’s predicaments and dreams.

Mass media worldwide and mainly in Europe have been covering this phenomenon which they allude to as “clandestine immigration”.There is more to this than that.It is an indicator of the North and The South .It is also a sign of all the ills which gnaw at these underdeveloped countries such as corruption,embezzlment,nepotism inter alia. In addition to the wide range of social and economic problems that prevail there.The bad omen is the fact that even the university garduates constitute a considerable proportion of the candidates for illegal immigration.This is an absurd brain drain which results in Africa’s youth force being depleted.

Europe isn’t ready to integrate the high flow of African immigrants that is why the EU imposed the visa and strict measures to regulate the drift of “outsiders”.And with the expansion of the EU to Eastern European countries, the labour force from Poland, Romania ….ect is favoured to non-Europeans.Nonetheless, most employers in Western Europe prefer African workers because their wages are lower than the Europeans’.To look at the matter from a futuristic perspective, Europe needs these immigrants because they can contribute to activate a stagnant birth rates in most of Europe.This continent is aging and it requires new blood to instill in its tissues life youth and vigour.However, many people resist this prospective vision and reject any idea of a multi-racial society claiming that “the purity of the race” should be preserved staunchingly along with job opportunities(for the natives of course), and they embrace racist,and xenophobic beliefs against foreigners.We are all cognizant of such people as Jean Marie Le pen,Joerg Haider and the clandestine armed groups like the Skin Heads and the far right parties in general .

The entire international community should come together to put an end to this mass suicide.Urgent and viable measures must be undertaken to achieve this goal.First and foremost, rich countries should provide logistical and financial assistance to poor areas in Africa,Asia and Latin America in order to encourage the population to settle down and brush aside the prospect of emigration.Not much is being done in this respect by affluent countries.For instance, The Americans donate less than 1 % of its GNP to third world countries while they can give up to 10 % .And let’s not forget the huge amount of money spent on silly projects such as weaponry, SETI ( searching for extra terrestrial intelligence) meanwhile millions of humans are starving to death, or earn less than one dollar a day.I can self-assuredly say that the United Nations can and should do more to alleviate the sufferings of people in the southern hemisphere by raising funds to make sure that reforms and concrete measures are substantiated as well as the promotion of democracy and equality in these countries.Thus the UN has to take preventive steps and not be contented with symbolic interventions in certain conflicts.In other words, the responsibilities and the priorities of this world organization have to be drastically reshaped .We have noticed recently that all the countries of the world have become the mouthpieces against terrorism and they have overlooked far more insidious ailments which gnaw at our societies and which foster these terrorist acts ;namely , extreme poverty, oppression and injustice .To abolish terrorism altogether we have to eradicate the aforesaid ills first.

A rotten Heart.

my love is pure

yours is fake;

our union is at stake.

Cheating is clear in your voice

alas! seperation is the stark choice.

our dream was shattered to pieces ,

the gap between us increases .

your name will fade in memory
our love will become a sad story .

Take off your deceitful guise!
our love expired
and will never rise.

Away from me
oh !arrows of Cupid.

The scar is indelible
and my heart putrid.

The Silent Harp

Newlywed but suddenly bereaved,

completely depressed and deeply grieved.

I sat by myself under the apple tree

where we used to meet you and me.

Since you died and left me alone,

My heart has become void and forlorn.

my eyes congested with frozen tears

and my mind haunted by broken dreams.

On the tree , our heart symbols closely knit

and our engraved names beautifully fit.

You used to play the harp for me

with a matchless skill and ecstasy .

I listened to you with joy and pride

and on my face a blissful smile I couldn’t hide.

Birds perched on a bough so enthused,

envied you and looked utterly bemused.

When I told you the Romeo and juliet story,

you shed tears and showed worry.

I didn’t know then that it was a sinister sign of doom

that promised impending death and utter gloom.

A glimmer of despair .

My useless life
Tastes so bitter.

Rosy dreams
Shattered to pieces

No glimmer of hope
Perceived or seen

My intimate foe
Gnawed my liver.

Looming , threatening
to strike
Sooner or later.

Friends Forever

I thought our friendship is here to stay

Alas!my conviction has gone astray.

A friend in need is a friend indeed,

A dictum I invite you to heed.

You let me down in a plight

While I needed your hindsight.

I felt outcast and forsaken;

You can’t deny you’re mistaken

Come on think about it and judge.

Yet, I hold no hard feeling or grudge

Past is past and all humans err;

I forget and forgive you my dear

Let’s start anew and our friendship cements;

Free ourselves and wipe out all torments
10th Jan, 2008

A Funny Poem

Your complexion is utterly sallow
And your body is as tiny as a sparrow.

Wrinkles cross your face like furrows
And your teeth look like harrows.

You see, you ‘re stupid to the marrow
Coz your head is empty and hollow
Crammed with too much tallow.

Your thinking is blatantly shallow
And your analysis is so narrow.

There’s is a brain for you to borrow
If you need to understand and follow.

If not, you will be hanged in the gallows,
cut into pieces and carried in barrows
to be finally buried the day after tomorrow
and no one will feel or express sorrow.

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