In my hometown, the dead
Still exact revenge
From the grave.
The receptacles of the dead

Are the living dead
Who already straddle
Two worlds.
Do the parched remains of a scuttled idea

Refurbish a tale mangled by time
And reduced to ashes?

Let cinders tell our story.

– Ali Jimale Ahmed. Atmospheric Spirits (for Nuruddin Farah)

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