If I was.. , Leila Samarrai


If I was
an American, born immune to viruses brought by the invaders
Prometheus, the demigod who never brought fire
Cleopatra who held the feathered serpent on her breasts
instead of a cobra

If I was
a history when Cleopatra and Antony were never in love
the poem in the eternal procreation
the knife in the hands of Brutus
Had I been Joan D’ Arc whose schizophrenic innocence
carved at least 14 churches in her meat
had I survived seven hundred years of solitude
maybe I could pour out gold from Odin’s finger
and build a shrine on a plateau in the hungry savannas
for starving children in the Horn of Africa

I’d resign Arabs and Christians
I’d raise Irbil, gentile monastery in Iraq
transformed into a field of powder
I would sing…
a variety of languages
I’d tear the Tower of Babel apart
I’d make ten thousand things be possible
In my name
in His name
in .. someone’s name
I’d become pungent silence
for you
for me…
for our world whose tenderness is shot with the bullet
for the holy son whose blood is chiming incurable.

If I was…

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ιf I were a being living 50.000 years ago ,I would be fighting every day to save my life in the jungle of uncertainty.Living today I wonder why do I think of the case what would happen in that other hypothetical case? A great conception Leila.

    1. Thank you. I really love an alternative history concept. But somehow, I would feel much safer living 100 000 years ago in the jungle of uncertainty than living in so – called high-tech 21st century…

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