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I looked into her eyes


And I said

We are free 



My blood ran cold

Through my neck

And into my head

The air swelled

In my throat



So sweet

A fleeting instant

Of beauty


Rawan Yaghi
About Rawan Yaghi

Rawan Yaghi is a Palestinian woman from Gaza. She graduated from Jesus College- Oxford, where she studied Italian and Linguistics and at which she was awarded the first Junior Members' Scholarship, a student led initiative to fund the studies of a student from Gaza. She is a Gaza-based writer. Fiction, journalism, and languages are among her interests. Follow her on Twitter at @larawanpal

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  1. annie
    December 23, 2016, 11:24 am

    i love this poem! love rawan’s voice, her talent is pure genius.

    btw, this amazing photo (and description) was sent to me by her brother Ahmed just a few days ago. it’s very much a coincidence how the two came together in this draft. i had seen the photo last summer and fell in love with it and after months it finally arrived in my inbox. i thought of it within reading rawan’s poem, and voila!

    so much talent in one family.

  2. Refaat
    December 23, 2016, 11:29 am

    always nice to see rawan put pen on paper…

  3. just
    December 23, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Such incredible beauty…

    Thank you so much, Rawan, Ahmed and Annie.

    Of course you enjoyed your time together. Have happy times today and all of your tomorrows, too.

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