Cairo: A new poem by Manash Bhattacharjee

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    You burst into a
    million seeds,
    poured over the hot
    stove of rancour,
    Cairo.

    When the walls no longer
    withstood your curses,
    you awakened the streets
    with your boots,
    Cairo.

    Your cries brought the
    sky down at Tahrir Square,
    the Pharaoh shook
    in his dreams,
    Cairo.

    With you the square
    was a fortress of the heart,
    engraved in
    rebellion’s calligraphy,
    Cairo.

    When bulls of the regime
    let loose their armoury,
    you defended your future
    with stones,
    Cairo.

    Your battered men did not
    flee the field of honour,
    they stood up to
    your name,
    Cairo.