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.)


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