that I have your attention
I would like to say a few words.
would make you concentrate
for more than fifteen minutes?
been steeped in injustice
for a thousand years: there is purity
distilled so long. I drink it in
like alcohol. My Islam had thirsted
came here for your precious oil
and made these dry bones live. You have spent
creating me. Like Frankenstein
you had imagined I might serve
purposes: you found the raw material
and put the parts together like a bomb.
studied you carefully.
You have much confidence in your devices.
in Allah. We will see
which of us has invested the most wisely.
have much left to do: a threat,
a message on videocassette. You provide
media to complete my task, herding
the army of submitted ones to me.
if you can. Blow me away
and my seeds will make a thousand more of me.
wind you sowed.
Now I am the whirlwind you will reap.
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