The Old Camel Trail

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    The Old Camel Trail

     

    An unused road leads down into Makkah.

    In the distant past, it was the main trail

    for camels and pilgrims under the sun.

    Now, only the wind and the heat remain.

     

    Now it calls to me at noon:” come to prayer”.

    But men in the city say: “forbidden”!

    Where Khadijah found love, loved and was loved,

    her religious family is outlawed.

     

    Is it to Al-Lah that men now submit?

    Perhaps in dust and blowing sand, hearing

    has not followed the straight way…as the road,

    it winds down, lonely, hot and quite lifeless.

     

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    Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

    Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

    burdick’s Poems (314)

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