From Changing Fonts to Changing Letter Case

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It was such a delight to read the comment I am reposting here, which is a poem written by Ziad Aazam, inspired by a poem I wrote during the floods a few years back “Changing Fonts, from Italic to Bold

You can read my poem here: https://fatlemaeus.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/hello-world/

Here is the comment I found on my blog, followed by the poem:

 

Salam Fatima,

Allow me to give you this poem, which is inspired by your poem, line by line, literally. In fact, three lines are yours. Forgive me if this type of poetical alignment is unacceptable to you. I just couldn’t help it but let my emotions settle their struggle with words in expressing how I feel today. My words have definitely learned from yours. Thank you.

Changing Letter Case: From lowercase to UPPERCASE

Equality is demand
When defense is weak
Not for earth and sky
I sit and weep
The prolonged absence
To obviate my right
From my essence to be
Ignore me
For I am
To swear
Give revolution acclaim
Fearlessness to share
And make humane
Construct to know
For oblivion is defeat
And words build flow
Who dare I am not to grow
The viscous greedy you,
who deem culture is valued by your money
For knowledge shall rise
High above your tallest peaks
Made of salt and glass
Dissolves and breaks
To not set free
More and throughout
Thoughts and tunes
What air do you breathe?
For I inhale your carbon dioxide
While oxygen I breathe out
My mind and heart are trapped on your lane
I shall break away from centrality
For Fascism was defeated evil
And Socialism is nothing but calamity
I shall return despite monsters anew
For Neoliberalism is a hoax
To control what trickles down by the few
I shall believe My Way
For no dogma shoved down my throat
Will hold sway
Sway to the left
Sway to the right
Align your handle to my eyesight
For I am coming in synergy with friends
Who see beginnings as they see ends
To be or do
I demand equality
To live like humans do

Ziad Aazam
26th of December 2011
Jeddah

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