A Missed Chance
40 years ago, on a date that is now the most important in our lives, the students decided that it's time to speak up. The students of that time had an uprising after waiting and waiting and living in a time of no war and no peace, they have decided that they can't wait any longer. Unlike our time, at their time all students knew their destiny, to the army. Years passed since 1967 and everyone got into the army and never got out. Politics was a great mess, a dictatorship, life was very hard to live. Nothing was going right, just like now, no freedom, no food, no justice. On January 25, 1972 a sit-in in Tahrir Square was started, but a few days later, a chance for a revolution was missed. Amal Donqol wrote this wonderful poem about the best days in the lives of the students of that time. He wrote about a missed chance. Again, his words are timeless and they speak so well about our Tahrir. 40 years ago, it was a missed chance, may we never miss the chance again. You can find the whole story, written by Kamal Khalil here (sorry for the weird website). Below is the poem and its recitation, read/listen and reflect.