i've developed a fascination with middle eastern history. in my intro to the middle east class, we talked about the martyrdom of husayn and hasan, ali and fatima's sons (ali was the prophet mohammad's (pbuh) cousin and the husband of mohammad's daughter). i think it kind of . . . petered out at the end. roflisberger.


they race across the desert,

destined for a collision

that will be felt for a

millennia to come.

the blood of the sons

spills across the desert sands.

karbala is a holy place, has

seen the ghosts of the desert,

the women and children captive

in chains, the blood soaked

heirs, the beheaded head of a nation.