I am younger than all of them.
Yet, by my griefs, I am older than the days—
a chill has fostered me, and taught me
of people’s cunning.
Treachery both orphaned and undressed me—
and my eyes were buried in agony
[ Ed. note – Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian poet who was arrested 7 months ago and charged with “incitement.” She is presently, by court order, in home detention and forced to wear an electronic cuff around her ankle, and it looks like she will remain interned in this manner for some time to come.
A “circular marathon,” you might say, took place today in Palestine. Thankfully, it transpired without any Israeli soldiers coming along and shooting anyone in the head. Maybe they were busy somewhere arresting children. Or perhaps they were preoccupied firing high-velocity tear gas canisters at people for planting trees (see below).
Readers likely may recall the news which emerged recently of a wedding party in Israel in which the participants appeared to be celebrating the arson of the Dawabsha family home, the terror attack of last summer which killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha and fatally injured his parents.
With You I am OK
By Nahida | Poetry for Palestine
Dear Most Compassionate
Show me the truth
And help me follow
Show me falsehood
And help me avoid
I Pray Tonight
for the children of Gaza and their mothers
The Pianist of Yarmouk
The pianist of Yarmouk pushes
his white piano everywhere
on his uncle’s vegetable cart.
He knows the symphonies
but the buildings (their eyes)
and the alleys (their echo)
demand another tune: