POETRY:  Forbidden Tree

Khaled Nusseibeh

Posted Apr 18, 2007      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version
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Forbidden Tree

Oh! at times the heart truly wonders
If only the impediment was tougher

And gratefulness flows from the self
To those that alerted to the forbidden tree

By God I am a believer in human freedom
Of thought, in politics, in economics, in worship

The sages warned of the false gods
Leading people terribly astray

And enjoined righteous conduct
And love, justice and compassion

None can ever banish the forbidden tree
From the saga of the human venture

Those that eat from it are of two kinds
Those that awaken to truth and repent

And those that hear the call
Heedless- from a long distance away

We are to inexorably remember
That we are descendants of the Adam and Eve family tree

Common ancestors for all of humanity
A man and woman who transgressed

Only to piously return to their Lord
And chart for all the course of redemption, of salvation