FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, July 19, 2010

Poet of the Week from Morocco: Ali Squali Houssaini

Poet of the Week from Morocco: Ali Squali Houssaini

Written by Ali Squali Houssaini in 1970 (although a version of it was around even while Morocco was still a french protectorate up until 1956)

Hymne Cherifien (Hymn of the Sharif)

Fountain of Freedom,
Rising Place of the Light.
Forum of Independence and its protector.
Long live as the Forum of Independence and as its protector.
Long live among homelands,
As their emblem
Filling all hearts.
With memory for all languages,
With the spirit,
With the body,
Give to your son
Who answered your call,
With my mouth and with my blood.
Your love was stirred up as light and fire.
Let’s go brothers!
Running for the summit!
Make the world witness,
That we here live
With an emblem of:
God, homeland and king.

Past Poets of the Week:

Some of my favorite poetry books:

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