Taking oath of my country

Mohamed Ahmed Abdi

Taking oath of my country

I shall walk with sincerity of heart
Within and without my house
Any deed that is dishonesty
I will not entertain before my eyes.

Anyone who insults a neighbor
I will not friend or woe
Anyone who is proud and hates labor
I will beat as a foe.

Anyone who practices deceit
Even if it is luck of receipt
I shall wait at the gates of defeat
And ours shall be a great feat.

Never trust a white man forever

He or she had a leprosy.
He never believes in Allah.
He may affect you.
His main work or aim is to detach from your culture.
He has so many bad characteristics.
He has been cursed by Allah.
He sleeps and eats with wild animals.
If you talk to him you will be in sin.
He tries to imitate Allah.
He is a home for all slimy characters and evils.
His saliva contains or is contaminated with HIV virus.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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