Why Are We in Exile? by Iraqi poet `Abdul-Wahab Al-Bayyati (my translation):

(Refugees are asking)

Why are we dying in


I had my house

And I had

And here you are

without a heart,

without a sound

sobbing, and

here you are

Why are we in exile


dying in silence

Why are we not

crying over fire,

on thorns

we walked

And my people walked

Why are we oh, God

without a homeland

without love

dying in horror

Why are we in exile

Why are we oh, God?

Posted on July 28, 2004 by As'ad