Mon, 27 Mar 2017
three score and ten peoples, more than twelve tribes.
You point to Aleppo and call it Ugarit.
Three dozen centuries and yet you are sure.
How can you claim such lineage, this heritage?
Your prophet and his God are half as old:
a quindecad of centennia and you feel safe
in denying what has come before the Caliphate.
You see no contradiction in your history,
forgetting that what is written is
and what survives is read.
little orphan Ali wrote them down
at Gabriel’s dictation?
heard in Chinese whispers,
the word of every God,
is nothing more than rumour.