"The sin is that I wasn't a stone And the troubles of the world make me sleepless And I shield myself with poetry And it keeps me company when I'm far from home And poetry is my satchel that I will always carry with me It holds the taste and fragrance of the earth" Mbarka Mint Al-Barra - Mauritania Poet
This article from a cultural magazine (link: https://goo.gl/Fi7zEo ) gives some historical context to how Mauritania has become known as “the Land of a Million Poets.” In the Arab World today, the performance of original poetry remains a revered tradition, celebrated in festivals and televised competitions. Mauritanian poets take part in these Pan-Arab events each year.
Pray for the poets of Mauritania.
- May the Lord raise up “David”-s among them; men and women after His own heart.
- May their creative pursuits lead them to encounter the Creator
- May there be “Kingdom” poetry infused with the fragrance of Heaven
- May there be writers and reciters in Mauritania who will bring fame and honour to God, may they burst into verse as they encounter Jesus, saying – “my heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendour and majesty. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.” Psalm 45: 1-4