Used to drive a wedge between two good friends –
Not the usual story
But now made a commonplace, bitter rivalry
Peaceful as they were, turned into chances for war.
Never did this happen
Now there was no peace – strange times.
Turned into a violent man, no longer your neighbor
Ahmed was now livid
Their bonds were now frayed and frail
Was in a chaos – above the din and distress
The colonisers rose victorious
They could sleep peacefully on white beds.
(Written for an online course organised by the University of Iowa.)