‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

RIP to all the young talented people we seem to lose each day. Are the best ones leaving soonest?

Arabic Literature (in English)

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet:

A letter in my purse

By Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, trans. Maged Zaher
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I am not sure
Truly, she was nothing more than just a purse
But when lost, there was a problem
How to face the world without her
Especially
Because the streets remember us together
The shops know her more than me
Because she is the one who pays

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