‘I never knew you loved her. I didn’t know you loved her. Why did you have to love her?She  was a drunk.She was vile,but you had to love her didn’t you? Why didn’t you take me away from her, leave her divorce her- anything but no, you just stayed and stayed and stayed. To stay that was always your mantra. You could escape to work. Never mind if she left me in the cupboard without food or drink. I was unable to escape.I was so frightened I used to wet myself. I wanted to be with you.You didn’t want that. i wanted to be with you.’

‘ What happened Judith, tell me what happened’Sam said softly.

” You happened, mum happened, I happened. Why did you have  child with a woman like that?- How could you?

‘ She wasn’t like that when I met her. I’ve explained to you, after Harry died she changed;she never got over Harry’s death. She loved him so much.’

‘ Claude told me about Van Gogh’s mother….the mourning mother syndrome. I was never good enough. I wasn’t Harry. She wanted something, someone else not me.’

Grandpa Elliot and others: Stand by Me

Grandpa Elliot and others: Stand by Me

I am in love with this man.

Vox Populi

When faced with the power of music, the 1% doesn’t stand a chance.

From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.


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Sharif S. Elmusa: Only Flogged

Sharif S. Elmusa: Only Flogged

This moved my heart and probably my soul.

Vox Populi

For Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet sentenced in Saudi Arabia.


Our dear poet

Was re-tried

By a tolerant judge

And won’t be


Only jailed

For 8 years

Only flogged

800 lashes

And not all at once

They will be dispensed

In standard doses

Of 50 lashes

Red tattoos

On the lyrical body

An organic cure

For delusions

In standard doses

Of 50 lashes

A recurrent infliction

Of pain

The way the good books

Picture Hell


Our dear Ashraf

Will be only jailed

Only flogged.

Copyright 2016 Sharif S. Elmusa. First published in Mada Masr.

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