Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star


Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

like a deity in the sky.

Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wonder what you are!


When your blazing bombs are gone,

When you’re breaking ground upon,

Then you show explosive light,

Twinkle, twinkle, up the night.

Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wonder what you are!


As we scurry in the dark,

Thank you for your murder spark,

We couldn’t see which way to go,

As mother, brother, you lit so.

Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wonder what you are!


In my dark blue dress I keep,

And often used to play and peep,

For I now have shut my own eyes,

Till Allah calls me to the skies.

Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wonder what you are!


As your brightly bursting sparks,

engulfed and killed us in the dark,β€”

Though I knew not what you were,

Twinkle Twinkle your death stir,

Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star,

How I wondered what You were!


By Arif uz Zaman

January 2013

For the poem ‘As I was going to St Ives I met a man with seven lies’, please click.

If you have a heart – don’t be mindlessly angry but constructively outraged.

What can we do? Raise awareness, first. Put our heads together, second. In which ever order. I’ll update here for ideas…

We must be calm despite the chaos.


Check out the We: Circus or the We for info.

For non Muslims, check out this intro poem of mine.

For a viable starting point, check out this.


…At least, we will never cease – with peace…


Filed under Arif uz Zaman: Poetry, Poetry

18 responses to “Twinkle Twinkle O Death Star

  1. maryamchahine

    Whoa! Very beautifully written but very painful in meaning. The image really hits hard, too! I don’t think I’ll ever see “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” ever the same again. Thanks for bringing awareness and giving voice to little children who have to suffer every day under the reality of this.


  2. jzk for your comment! It is very difficult to know sometimes, when writing, if you’re laying it on a bit thick – so to speak. But it’s very difficult to tip toe around such a brutal topic. Your comments alhamdulillah have reassured me somewhat :o)


    • I applaud you for not tip-toeing around this terrible reality.

      The people of america should be forced to look every day upon full colour, graphic and uncensored images of the atrocities that are being committed in their name.


      • Thank you for your kind words and also for your vote of confidence. That truly helps us figure out if I’ve figured my hunches alright. I agree with your sentiment, absolutely. But the ‘how’ of reaching the ‘people of America’ (or indeed ‘the Europeans’) with such images is a certain challenge. You mention we should ‘force them’. Perhaps you’re right.

        Sometimes we blame the ‘powers that be’ for these troubles (I know I have done). But what if that’s part of the problem. What if there is a tendency in ‘us’ to prefer not to see – not to bother, not to deal with what we’d prefer to not acknowledge. “Let the powers wage their ‘will to power’ – I care not a whit – so long as ‘I am free'”. The greatest irony of our ever increasing global village is the insisting belief of keeping the ‘other’ – keeping ‘them’ ever more remote the hell away from ‘us’. The truth is there is no ‘them’ and ‘us’. Only ‘we’. By your own comments, I know at least you can envision pathways out of what is shallow in our mainstream. So thank you for sharing at least in that dream πŸ™‚

        Wishing you the best, mate. And Peace πŸ™‚


      • I can only tell you, MWM, that I came of age in the sixties and early seventies.

        As I told Maryam Chahine earlier today, back then both print and electronic media were on top of what went on in vietnam around the clock. Even in america the population, if they watched the news at all, was being shown much more of the reality of the violence we were doing to innocent people.

        And the younger generation were in the streets by the thousands every day and every day the media covered it all it detail.

        But now we have no voice. The MSM regurgitates the memes and catch-phrases of pro-war propaganda and most of the “action” programming on TV is written specifically to give credence to the bogus “war on terror”.

        Whatever anti-war activism there is, or any other for that matter, is minimised and marginalised by the MSM and when it’s covered at all it’s spun to depict the demonstrators in the most negative way possible.

        So, how do we get this information, these images of reality to the people? It will take a group akin to “Anonymous” who can infiltrate broadcast media electronically and interrupt our “regular programming” with some genuine reality TV right smack in the middle of dancing with the stars or any of the other prime time vomitus that is puked from american TV’s day and night.

        Think Johnny Mnemonic and the broadcasters in “Heaven”.

        “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
        President John F. Kennedy


      • wow, incisive, perceptive. I totally agree with you on the marked difference between the reporting on the war on terror vs the Vietnam war. I particularly recall spending the whole day on one of the biggest peace marches that had ever been walked in London back in 2002 prior to Gulf War 2. And then when I got home to watch the BBC news I was shocked to see barely 2 minutes devoted to it – and the shots seemed to show empty streets! And there was no real explanation of what the march was about. That was when I realised that peaceful marches will have zero effect. The following week there was a march about fox hunting. They were reporting on that for days, if not weeks. Ironically 10 years ago saw the rise of – and the public’s obsession with “reality” TV.

        So guerrilla reporting might be the way forward… Hmm.

        “Violent revolutions” is certainly not the answer, I believe. Between passive volition (doing nothing) and violent revolution (overstepping the mark) is assertive evolution: we will make our stand. We won’t stop moving, progressing, spreading the word through action and not wishful thinking.

        Thank you Richard for an ace response. πŸ™‚
        So guerrilla reporting… Hmm.


      • I agree completely that violent revolution in not a solution. Nevertheless, those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. One of the wisest statements JFK ever made.


      • It IS a wise statement. You’re right – as is your point. There is a certain truth to it. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚


  3. Anne-Merete

    Really good! Sometimes we need to use melodies etc that people know about from before, It will leave a bigger impression. Everyone have heard about Twinkle twinkle little star, and to read it like this gives a new way of thinking. It reminds me a bit about the idea behind Outlandish`s musicvideo to the song look into my eyes. They use a little red riding hood theme to the musicvideo, but the song is about palestinians.


  4. Thank you for your feedback. You’re right about the use of existing melodies. I did this simply because I remember thinking about this sad irony: how we feel so protected, how we go to inordinate lengths to look after our ‘little ones’ and sing gentle lullabies to them when we put them to bed at night. And yet our same culture goes to inordinate lengths to “collateral damage” others’ little ones. And more than this – I was feeling physically ill, thinking how our culture here, feels this is justified, how we have become desensitised, and how many of us in the population have no clue whatsoever that such a thing is even happening. I don’t see such an attitude problem changing any time soon. This is why the lullaby becomes lament.

    I will check out the Outlandish track too. Jzk for your comment, sis.


  5. maryamchahine

    Reblogged this on Maryam Chahine and commented:
    I’m sorry if the image is painful to some. However, it is a reality for many people in the world today.


  6. Adults must deal with reality. Yes, it’s painful, but I understand why you felt compelled to write it. This piece is biting and powerful. It made me stop and think…. I will read the additional information


    • Thank you for your kind words πŸ˜‰ It is true this topic is painful. When I think of young innocents being killed like this in the east – (or in the west, or north or south – it makes no difference) I feel just a tearful pang in the heart – like emptiness. Then a kind of anger rises. But this towards the news media industries who’re so aligned to political parties and vested interests (and fail to report or even mislead) – and to the whole (imperial?) ‘politics’ surrounding such manoeuvres.

      When I think of my little kids, (wide eyed, innocent), putting them to bed with such simple lullabies – then what of the scores of others’ ‘little ones’ denied such loving attention – snatched away by us – our votes for drones to fire 😦


  7. Julie

    It’s so important what you’ve expressed here to be known and uncovered. So many are in the dark, so to speak, about what is happening. This is truly heartbreaking and nightmarish.


    • Thank you Julie for your comments. Even trying to raise awareness is difficult. We’ve become so conditioned with news – that if its not on the mainstream, most people will think you’re making this stuff up; that the ‘official’ story has no bias; and there are some who believe that even if there were bias – the ‘other’ deserve it because of some ‘good reason’ the government has. It boggles the mind. But just like the Prophet (and the prophets of old), we must keep on, struggling against injustice with patience and diligence wherever it rears its ugly head. Jzk. ws πŸ™‚


      • Julie

        What you’ve said here gives me great comfort. Yes, we must keep on through it all, just as the Prophet (pbuh) and the prophets of old would have. Mash’Allah. πŸ™‚


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.