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Falastin: A poem by Mai Zeidani

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A Palestinian doll lies on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11, 2014 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

A Palestinian doll lies on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11, 2014 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

All children go to heaven
Their little fingers broken
Their soft hairs burned
Their long eyelashes resting on dusty cheeks

I want my mother to tell me it is all good
Her milk long dried
Her warm hug still pending

I want my father
To tell me it is all good
His pride still strong
His hand smaller now

Stones on the side of the road
Laying in perfect silence in the forest
Only the crows hear the shallow breath

A sun light between the tree
branches
And
It
Is
Over.

Mai Zeidani
About Mai Zeidani

Mai Zeidani is a Palestinian Israeli, a mother, a human rights activist and a social sciences student. She lives in Berlin.

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5 Responses

  1. Kay24
    Kay24
    July 15, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Thank you, you have said much in a few lines, very well. I hope the Palestinian people keep showing their amazing resilience, strength, and that they will be able to overcome the brutality of their occupier. It is long overdue. Good luck.

  2. jimby
    jimby
    July 15, 2014, 8:26 pm
  3. Refaat
    Refaat
    July 16, 2014, 1:47 am

    I can’t recover from this poem.

    • annie
      annie
      July 16, 2014, 2:30 am

      it’s an incredibly powerful poem, for the ages.

      (and our apologies for the earlier formatting which skipped the stanza’s. sorry!)

  4. SQ Debris
    SQ Debris
    July 16, 2014, 2:16 pm

    OT: CNN has just reported that four little boys, playing soccer on the beach in Gaza, have been killed in an Israeli missile strike. Mere language is inadequate. Words fail. WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?

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