Every laugh in our safe countries
Faces a scream in Sarajevo
Every joy welcoming a newborn baby
Faces a child’s slaughter in Sarajevo
We live while Sarajevo falls into doze
And awakes in its blood
Walks on its children’s remains
Drowns in its women’s tears
Sarajevo, the legend of torture
Through you we all became sinful and guilty
Sarajevo, if they succeed in destroying you
You will depart from the world’s map as a martyr
And we will stay behind crying over you
With eyes filled with shame
Remembering we didn’t defend you
But expressed pity for you in our writings
Kept reciting prayers
Repeating words that didn’t prevent your destruction
We left you unarmed
And sat watching your funeral in silence
Sarajevo, never forgive us
Because we delivered you
With our own hands to death

(Translated by the poet myself "Azza El Wakeel" from its original Arabic language into English language)


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Name: Azza El Wakeel, Websites:,, Wordpress blog:, YouTube channel:,, Goodreads Author Page:,, Author's page on arabworldbooks:,, Nationality: Egyptian, Born & living in Alexandria, Birthday: 19 March, Sign: Pisces, Graduated from Faculty of Commerce, Business & Administration department, Alexandria University - Egypt, Writing is my hobby, Wrote my thoughts in "Sayidaty" Arab family magazine from 1992 till 1996 in a weekly comlumn named:, "Words For Him", Published my poems and articles later in different Arabic magazines and news papers, Translated some of my modern poems from their original Arabic into English and was able to reach English audience, My translated poems were published in:, The Poetry Anthology: A Generation Defining Itself, "In Our Own Words X", The Black and White Review "Private", And in several English websites:, Arabesques review, Other Voices Poetry, Poetry Repairs, Published my writings in several Arabic websites' magazines and forums:, "Nashiri, Al Rabetta, Anhaar, Al Nadawi", Playing piano, reading, painting and watching movies are also my hobbies, Books:, Untraditional Woman 1999 in Arabic Language (self published), First Seasons Of Love 2000 in Arabic Language (self published), The Distance 2022 in English Language, Published by Austin Macauley Publishers UK,

Last updated August 13, 2011