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Was the hardest work
Was a perilous plight
Love had no relevance
Days far from bright

The little was given
Hurried off to the root
One whole worth was put to an offer
Eyes did not flinch
Saw them suffer

Was a servant worker
Far from root
Soul they couldn’t mute
Hanging on rules
Chained by food
This dog’s no good

Sought after lover
There’s a light in the room
Neighbor helped cover
Pain behind closed door

Stories of famine
The way it turns you blind
Circling time
And what’s left behind
Raft’s astray
Bewildered time

Was a prophet of light
Hammered fright
Spoke of what’s good
Hanging on rules
Chained by food
This dog’s no good

The child impelled
Heaven from hell
Drew vivid dream
From fabled well
Sowed a wish
Buried doom
In fertile garden
Hope fairly bloomed
One day just flew above the clouds
One day soared above the skies
Beyond the sky of soot
Beyond the sky of soot
Beyond the skies of soot

Sami Basbous


from Farewell Beirut, O Scarlet Tramp, track released February 22, 2010



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