Thursday, February 22, 2007
Abdel Kareem Suleiman
The Blogger-Martyr of Egypt, sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting" Islam, and one year for "defaming" President Mubarak.
I am the hurricane, I am the cyclone
I destroy all that I found in the path!
I am the dance-intoxicated rhythm,
I dance at my own pleasure,
I am the unfettered joy of life!
I am Hambeer, I am Chhayanata, I am Hindole,
I am ever restless,
I caper and dance as I move!
I do whatever appeals to me, whenever I like,
I embrace the enemy and wrestle with death,
I am mad. I am the tornado!
I am pestilence, the great fear,
I am the death of all reigns of terror,
I am full of a warm restlessness for ever!
Ever high is my head!
--- Extract from The Rebel by Kazi Nazrul Islam, translation by Kabir Chowdhury