by Maria Grech Ganado
Can you hear it swelling
throughout the Arab world –
this wailing claim
for consciousness at last
of all its pain?
I am so sick of names,
call it Democracy, Dictatorship, Islam,
Chaos, Violence, Revolt –
inimical to the West or holding hands,
the despots must be told their time has come
to go – I fear for innocence trammelled
by politics or power, ill-fortune, ignorance, rout –
but this cry is for us to listen to
it’s humanity crying out.