Little hands

Israel/Palestine
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Little hands
soft and round
cupped crayons,

in the corner of the paper,

drew smiley sun painted yellow

butterflies, swings, and green meadows,
huddled family, a house with small windows,
and a cloudless sky with a rainbow,

Little dreams,
thoughts of the unknown
as adventure bigger than their small world

Where they roam, float, and soar,

Laugh and agelessly grow,

Little hands,

But big tanks,

With calloused hands,

Found the house of small windows,

Tore the crayoned rainbow

Soft and round
became soon pillars of clouds,

Buried into the ground
so small a shroud
so quite a sound,

Little souls

Soared with the dew
roamed with the dunes
Left our world too soon,

Little hands
now will rain young forever,
no longer drawing dreams on paper,
Little hands,
cup your hands together
and pray for their hands to be tied
forever,
forever and ever.

About Lina Al-Sharif

Lina Al-Sharif, a Palestinian blogger living in Doha-Qatar.

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  1. HemiFaulk
    November 21, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Nice poetry, thank you.

    Hamas is just as responsible for the violence as Israel. Hiding terrorist activity in the midst of an innocent Palestinian population will only bring further attacks. Palestinians must reject Hamas and then demand independence and perhaps a 2 state solution would work.

    Expansion and settlements? Stealing land and treating members of Palestine like criminals, or should I say treating all non-Jews as criminals…

    I don’t get that, I do not see that working for anyone other than the Elitist who brought it about. Further violence will ensue, the hatred and anger only grow.

    The dead kids and families… there has got to be a better way to combat Hamas, more effective ways for Israel to defend itself rather than killing children and innocents. Where else are the other residents of Palestine supposed to go Israel? They cannot wander in the desert for 40 years, nor can you kill them all.

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 21, 2012, 4:41 pm

      “Hamas is just as responsible for the violence as Israel.”

      No, israeli is much more responsible. It bears the lion share of the guilt.

  2. Annie Robbins
    November 21, 2012, 7:35 pm

    i pray for all the beautiful little innocent children who were slaughtered by the cloud

  3. pabelmont
    November 21, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Thank you Lina. We can see the children’s picture, thumb-tacked to walls which no longer stand.

  4. just
    November 21, 2012, 9:27 pm

    I pray for all of the innocents.

    HemiFaulk– there is nowhere to “hide” or run from the violence in Gaza. Hamas is also providing the only social services that these children know– other than UNWRA.

    The occupation must end.

  5. dbroncos
    November 21, 2012, 9:58 pm

    Thank you Lina. Beautiful.

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