‘Not A Bad Dream’ by Ahmed Nader Gretly

I awoke one morning

To the sound of an explosion,

My heart went thump thump

Inside my chest.

I shuffled my feet,

Ran to the balcony,

And look to the sky,

To find hundreds of planes

Dropping bombs like hail

Onto my peaceful land.

I asked in shock

“Fuck’s going on?”

And a voice from the street said:

It’s World War III!

Hide the oil, Ma,

Hide the gold!

Hide the kids, Ma,

There’s no chance.


I closed my eyes

And opened them again

To find myself lost at sea

Some sailors’ passed by,

Saved my ass,

And I told the captain

what it is that I’ve got

He said in wrath:

Boy, you must be insane!

Then threw me back off the ship

“Man over board!” I yelled

“Man at sea!”

Well, they weren’t sailors

But the filthy marines

I turned and twitched and tried to swim

Someone grabbed me and

Threw me back to my homeland.


Bombs were dropped,


“Got oil, son?”

“Yes, I do.”


“Got cash, son?”

“Yes, I do.”


“Got land, son?”

“Yes, I do.”


And on and on and on it went

’till no one was there to kill

And on and on and on it went

’till no land was there to bomb

And on and on and on it went

’till no oil was there to steal.

I awoke again and again and again

And I thought it was a bad dream

But it was no such thing,

It was the real deal.




About Ahmed Gretly

Ahmed Nader Gretly. Construction/Site Engineer, fiction writer, poet, psychopath, researcher, a book addict, and a daydreamer from Cairo, Egypt. Currently doing Construction Project Management, MSc, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
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