'For Those Who Don't Know Chocolate': A Poem by Amirah Al Wassif


for those who don't know chocolate

the children of poverty

and the sleepers in the corners of ancient streets

for those who survived famines but are still hungry

for those boys who never dream

because they never sleep

for those who don't know chocolate

but only heard rumors about its sweetness

the people with half a soul

who lack food and live in imaginary houses

for those who crawled on the sharp platforms at mid-night day after day

seeking the warmth to live

for those babies who never tasted milk

who stare with wide eyes looking for any help

for the hands of charity

and the sensitive hearts which cry and bleed

for those who gathered in the torn tents around the world

waiting such a long time

for those who don't know chocolate

and haven't the ability to imagine it

for the innocent faces washed by the rain

for the seekers of the smell of humanity in each dark alley

for those who kiss the sun through their contemplative glances

for those who write with heavy hearts and crushed dreams

the climbers of existence's shoulder

looking for the face of justice

for the dancers with bare feet on Everest's peak

who do their best to bring joy and peace

for the sun of tolerance warming our bones

for the bloom of the flowers

amidst the sky's gloom

for those who never tasted chocolate

but have heard about its magic

the crawlers of the earth with their great desire

to make the difference between the past and future

for those who draw in the sand

with belief in their friendship with the waves of the sea

for the people murdered in every battle

for the injured soldiers in every war

for those women who haven't the right to vote

for the fishermen in their ships

for the highest star in our sky

and for the rainbow

for those people with disabilities

and for those players with woolen balls

for the little boys who sell water

for the little girls who feed the roosters

for the nations which suffer from drought

for the victims of racism

for the dead murdered by terrorism


Amirah Al Wassif is a freelance writer. She has written articles, novels, short stories poems and songs. Five of her books were written in Arabic and many of her English works have been published in various cultural magazines. Amirah is passionate about producing literary works for children, teens and adults which represent cultures from around the world. Her first book, Who Do Not Eat Chocolate was published in 2014 and her latest illustrated book, The Cocoa Book and Other Stories is forthcoming.

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