The Revolution Hasn’t Failed Us Yet (Live from Tahrir Square)

Tahrir Square Egypt

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. While there is a popular narrative in the Arab world that the Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution was a failure, there are still those who remain determined to seek change.

Through extensive research and watching documentaries regarding the wave of protests which took place across the MENA region, and in Tahrir Square, it came to my attention that many of the youth of still have hope that a change will take place some day.

While there is a popular narrative in the Arab world that the Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution was a failure, there are still those who remain determined to seek change.

In short, this poem is about not giving up the fight for freedom. My inspiration for writing this poem stems from the great, late Egyptian poet, Ahmed Fouad Negm. Neghm was know for his inspirational patriotic and revolutionary poetry.

Tahrir Square

The Revolution Hasn’t Failed Us Yet (Live from Tahrir Square)

Break of dawn
New dreams
Alive with possibilities

Above the public squares
Drums of revolution echo through the air
Chanting slogans loudly and in unison

Tahrir Square Egyptian Revolution

Rebel songs
Vivid memories of sacrifices and victories
Confidence in the past gives us the courage to look forward to the future

Drums of revolution echo through the air, Chanting slogans loudly and in unison

Our light, and hope and joy once more
The Revolution hasn’t failed us yet

Motsejoa Belina Ntsane

Motsejoa Belina Ntsane

I am a Mosotho who is a middle eastern and North African studies enthusiast. I am currently studying and doing research on the Touareg nationalism and rebellion. I work for the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, as a Sport and Recreation officer. I am planning on obtaining a masters degree in Middle Eastern and North African studies. In the future I aspire to be a political analyst in MENA issues and the Sahel.

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