Your country is calling out for you, I was told.
Go back to your field and land,
To the milk that quenched your thirst,
I did go back,
I stayed awake all night long,
Every night, every morning, afternoon, and evening.
Oh you who is lost in thoughts,
Your thoughts have gone astray.
Go back to your field.
Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.