“Throne’s Lament” (*لبّيك يا حسين)

My grandfather was not but a stump, but for him I've naught but jealousy, for upon him stood the blessed feet of he who was sent, all worlds' mercy. Thou art from him, and he from thee - what gladder news received a man? And what need hast thou of me when thy throne is …

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“Woe to the Rebels!” (ويل لكم يا شباب الخوارج)

You dreamt of days of cavaliers upon heaving chargers, lances levelled, swords drawn, ripping through ranks of worthy foes arrayed; martyrdom's price would not go left unpaid. But you're no knight, the bit's between your teeth; corrupted hands you placed your reins beneath. They grip and rip and tell you where to turn and spur …

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“The Four Seasons of Faith” (الفصول الدين)

A lone swallow perched reciting to the blossoms. A kingdom in prayer. High sun beating down a gull stood on the pier - truce. Fish happy to fast. Breadcrumbs form ripples. A fam'ly of ducks leaves them for those who have none. The wrens descend from frost-bitten mountain forests singing "we are Yours." Boughs ever …

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