Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

El Habib Louai

There is So Much Suffering in the House of God

 

 

I do not blame

the teachers who forgot

to talk about the real plot

& left it up to me

the lesson turns against them

 

there is so much suffering

in the house of God

who is supposed to protect us

from the shabbiness of our age?!!

 

I spit on the crown of whose kingdom

embalms the rotten wounds with tar

I spit on the crown of whose kingdom

cheaply spills the pauper's blood

 

let them come to you

in caravans of unjustified sinners

let them come under the storm

wishing for a perennial happiness

serve them newly mended umbrellas

a hard rain is going to fall

 

I do not blame

the teachers who forgot

to talk about the real plot

& left it up to me

the lesson turns against them

they shall send them again

the exact amount needed

to tide them through another month.

El Habib Louai is a native of Morocco. He is a poet, translator and musician currently working as a teacher of English at Azaytoune junior High School. His poems have been published in various magazines like Big Bridge Magazine, Istanbul Literary Review, Sagarana Magazine and Radius. His first collection of poems, Mrs. Jones Will Now Know: Poems of a Desperate Rebel, was published by Paper Press.