FLYING HAPPINESS FACTORY
You sing more sweetly than birds.
You fly over hillocks and grasslands.
With ironlike humming lyrics,
An unmatched metallic melody
Broadcast from radio stations,
Every single morning, every hour.
Oh, metallic radio stations,
Have mercy on people and spare them such cruel happiness.
Spare them such cruel happiness.
Ibrahim El-Salahi: This is about the propaganda that was spread all over the country through broadcasting. I wrote that this propaganda sounded like a bird, with its very sweet song.
Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.