By: Ahmad Qadra

Translated by: Khaloud Almuttalibi

My poem is

A dove

with one wing

It sprinkles the ashes of the heart

on torn off limbs


My poem is

An an amputated hand

With its finger holding on

To the engagement ring


My poem is

A bloody lily

groomed and brightened

While being thrown at the coffin

My poem is

Severed limbs

Divided by shells

On the childrens' seats and notebooks of

A school belonging to the UNRWA

My poem is

The eyes of three hundred million

The tears of three hundred million

And the fingers of three hundred million

Waiting to press the trigger

My poem is

A child trying to light

A match

A poem rolled in TNT

On the river Nile


My poem is

A swallow with small tearful eyes

Not from the cold


My poem is

A missile that has not yet launched

And red circles on the pillows of the quivering


My poem is a smashed skull

A plant that digs tunnels

On the stone


My poem is

Beautiful Palestine

Divided as the leaves of basil

Amongst the raining clouds

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Comment by Kara Johnstad on March 12, 2009 at 8:32am
a poem roled in TNT --- ah, sadness comes up... i wish a poem rolled in fresh basil leaves and sprinkled with giggles... but the TNT is there... the division is still there - the fear is still there... and sometimes there are no words... and am touched that you at least tried to put words on something that no heart can understand.

Comment by Shayo Sulbarán on March 12, 2009 at 4:15am
Amigo es muy triste y real tu poema. Que dolor se siente en tus palabras.

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