I am grateful for you today
My sister, my mother, my kindred warrior
Mentor and friend.
Is this, now, here, what you had seen in the legacy of universities?
Are you proud -or ashamed – of us in this
Educated time of freedom and pain?
Did you know liberation and suffering too?
Why did you love those old books, these manuscripts
How did you choose the teachers, the places where
people earnestly attempted to accelerate evolution
In the name of majors and money all the while
they became more human and humbled or
Monsters of men?
Fatima, pray for us.
(Photo of author at Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University)