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.

Comments about On Arabs, Stench And Filth.

Thank you for sharing this poem...showing your pride of being an arab
Thank you for sharing this poem...showing you pride of being an arab
Adam, this is not about religion. Arabs are Muslim, Christian and Jewish. Nor is this about the crusades, there is a lot to be discussed there. This is about an ugly peice of writing that described Arabs as filth and an explanation that every civilization made contributions to mankind. It is about not using this site for verbal bullets and turning it into a battleground. Thanks for your comments. GS
Ghada, very well said and I admire your taking the high road. kenneth
Such an interesting poem! I think if you keep on writing you may just enlighten many people about your country. Thank you. sincerely, Mary


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