The video below of an Egyptian poet spewing verse over Tahir Square in the middle of the “18 Days of Revolution” is a great example of poetry as a living art. Thanks to Hany and Omar Soliman for their work on this.
The Justice in You
by Kamal Abdel Halim (nickname is Sayed Karwata)
Justice in our country has its ministry
But you can’t find justice in the streets or neighborhoods
While you, Oppression, are in every street and neighborhood
Even though here there is no ministry for you
O Egypt, it seems like everything in you is being passed down in generations
from prostitution to slavery, even presidency comes with its heirs.
O Country, enough sin!