On Arabs, Stench And Filth.
Poem By Ghada Shahbender
Arabs gave the world Algebra
And the science of Alchemy
When Europe was in its dark ages
And Aristotle was blasphemy.
Arabs gave the world soap to wash out filth
And do away with stench
I write this down and think
I sound like a condescending wench
They gave the world sugar
To sweeten the palate and acid tongues too.
Here I go again.
I sound like a narrow-minded shrew.
I should not bother to list the contributions
Of Arab Civilization.
In spite of my fury
My anger and indignation!
I am not here to give the narrow minded
Lessons in history.
That is neither an accomplishment
Nor poetic victory!
*This poem was written in response to a poem that described Arabs as filth and stench.