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Day of the Martyr, 1996 (Nasri Zacharia)


                                                               O, Earth

                                                                   Hug me

                                                           And hold me tight

                                                               Or devour me

                                                           To suffer no more.

                                                                  I love thee

                                                                  So take me.

                                                               Make me rich.

                                                                Make me dirt.

                                                    Gone are the days of serenity.

                                                  Guns are the words of humanity.

                                                       I have no food but a thorn,

                                                             No sport but a sigh.

                                                  For a soldier needs to feel high.

                                                                   O, Earth,

                                                          If in life I am to hurt

                                                    Let my dirt in you give birth.

                                                                   O, Earth.

(Crossposted at Refaat Alareer’s blog In Gaza, My Gaza!)

Refaat Alareer
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Refaat Alareer is a young academic and writer from Gaza who blogs at You can follow him on twitter at @ThisisGaza.

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4 Responses

  1. Taxi
    Taxi on January 26, 2012, 1:12 pm


    Thank you

    I love you

    Refaat and Nassri and Palestine.

  2. patm
    patm on January 26, 2012, 1:50 pm

    It is indeed a beautiful poem, Taxi.

    The photo of Nasri Zacharia’s art work reminded me of the Christian woodcut artist Albrecht Dürer. Here is his “The Torture of St. John the Evangelist from The Apocalypse.”


    Thank you, Refaat Alareer.

  3. Blake
    Blake on January 27, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Wow. Heart rending powerful stuff. I hear your cry.

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