when the sun set we prayed

the quail sang, the imam read

bowing down I wondered

what is more beautiful

His creatures, His Word?

And earlier,

when the sky was blue and birds flew

children played, women talked

old men fed pigeons in the park

feeding I wondered

who is the greater of men

is and shall always be, was not and will never be?

And later,

when the stars shone I stood alone

at the corner in a bazaar

rich ones bought, poor ones begged

looking around I wondered

where is the difference in

men buying, men begging?


when imam sang and quail read

children talked, women played

old men ate and pigeons fed

poor ones bought, rich ones begged

dreaming I wondered

are we? were we? or shall we be?

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