I am your equal.
I am a wild creature that can never be like you.
I have heart, courage, and the game spirit that is my heritage, and I will be respected.
I will be taught, and I will please, and maybe in time I will be your intimate.
But I will never be your possession.
Mine is a fierce love, which knows no mercy for failure. No sympathy for weakness.
I have come from the desert with its closeness to the spirit of nature which you do not understand.
I was born of the Wind, mine is a warrior spirit.
I cannot be humiliated in punishment or defeated even in death.
For my spirit lives on in my children's children.
written by David Gardner upon the death of *Ibn Moniet El Nefous