“When you are a Palestinian”A poem by Shadi Abdul-Kareem

3 Sep

“When you are a Palestinian
A poem by Shadi Abdul-Kareem
Translation by Nahida Exiled Palestinian”

When you are a Palestinian

You would need daily practice of hiding tears

And swallowing huge chunk of wishes

Overflowing from your reality

In front of which you stand flabbergasted

Wondering who’d find the genie’s lamp

That would bring back your olive tree,

the straw tray and the sea fragrance?

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