At The Funeral Of 50 Barefoot Men

A Poem by Amirah Al Wassif 

once upon a time
there was an ancient place
called ” Amon village”
a very far spot
where everybody talks
about the river legend
a very far spot
where everybody knows
how to distinguish
the smell of fresh bread
there, at the Amon village
where all the folk lives
in their dreams,
the blazing sun cry
against the face of heaven
there, where the poor sweeper
drowning in the colors of the rainbow
and the great brown mountains
announce its upper secret
to the mass grave
in the Amon village
where everybody talks
about the river legend
and the real tale of
50 barefoot men
in the ancient village
all people are storytellers
and all of them say
the same story
which starts with
once upon a time
there were 100 men
lived together in the same village
but 50 of them were barefoot
and the other 50 had fancy shoes,
50 man sweeping the streets
and 50 men making the bread
50 ones looking for more
50 shoes in luxury leather
and 50 toes inflamed and cracked

the river recognized the difference
between the shoes and the toes
then it made a good decision
according to the nature rules
the river understood
the difference between
the torn clothing and the perfect ones
then it made a good decision
according to the nature rules

on the ragged edge, all the people walk
under the boiling sun
all people talk
and there were two kinds of talking
talking from shoe to shoe
and talking from toe to toe
and the river didn’t love that kind of speech
so, it made a good decision
according to the nature rules

50 barefoot men carrying
their empty pots
their facial bones
tell you about long age of bitterly
shabby dresses, fearful eyes
ancient faces full of pimples
much sweat
and shaky hands

50 barefoot men bearing their pain
looking for a way
to protect their feet
from another pain
but the shattered glass
everywhere

the dispossessed people died
and the rest were alive around the river
laughing, jumping, drinking
but the river has a sense of justice
so, it made a good decision
according to the nature rules
and, dried up!


Amirah Al Wassif is a 28-year old freelance writer from Egypt. She has written articles, novels, short stories poems and songs. Five of her books were written in Arabic and many of her English works have been published in various cultural magazines. Amirah is passionate about producing literary works for children, teens, and adults which represent cultures from around the world. Her first book, was published in 2014 and her latest illustrated book, The Cocoa Book and Other Stories is forthcoming.

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