THE SONG OF THE TYRANT'S BIRD
Come close to me. Stand by my side.
Keep me company.
I’ll share my food with you.
I’ll dictate my words unto you
Until I become the ears for your hearing,
Your eyes with which you know,
Your guiding light leading to my path.
Be with me. I guarantee you everlasting eternal happiness.
Eternal happiness, eternal happiness, eternal . . . eternal happiness . . .
Ibrahim El-Salahi: I gave this bird the song of the bird of the devil, the governing devil.
Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.