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A Letter A Hundred Years On
By Bandar Abdul Hamid
In this late hour A hundred years after Your majestic death I read all of them One by one great poem As if you were writing them today Poet of the soul and the body Of the leaves of grass and democracy Poet of nature and man Walt Whitman I’ll write about everything to you All that happened a hundred years ago Surely no secrets between us Apart from death perhaps And I borrow your words Sung in the century past For we to risk genocides From within and without And we have to say it out loud In the face of the floods....
This is part of a much longer poem written in 1992 This poem appeared in Al Jadid, Vol. 11, no. 53 (Fall 2005).