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How can you hold Infinity in the palm of your hand?

William Blake

“Know what it is to be a child . . .
To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

And I say:  

Is life that chose me and made me survive all the hurdles and illnesses

It is events that directed me in the alleys of life

Guided me in the countless forks that led me

Far away from the path that my parents wished me to take

And strove to show me at every bend

 

Ease up your judgment on your fellow neighbor.

He might seems a tad luckier

He could look not so lucky in the opportunities of his life.

 

Both of you share this common characteristic:

You both had to struggle all the way

And try to grab the few moments of satisfaction and hope.

 

Why Not DATE An “ARAB GIRL”?

Again who is the “Arab” in your biased culture?

From where is this girl? Has she any other identity?

Is she harder to convince and more complex to understand than the ones on the big screen?Pictures, photo-shoot, videos that have convinced you of her delicate and timid nature?

  published this Feb. 5, 2014 (selected as one of the top posts today)

DON’T DATE AN ARAB GIRL

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She is not oppressed, like those caricatures on the news

Her long, flowing hair has not grown dark and strong to guide your eyes

 

To her curvy figure, which exists not to twirl into shapes

That she many enchant you to the beat of the group vigorous Dabke dance.

 

The “Arab” girl is born

With a fire in her belly and

Has inherited the strength of her fore-mothers.

 

Don’t date an Arab girl for she carries the Middle East on her shoulders

Every war and every invasion pushes her to tears

And she fights those tears back

 

To be replaced with a brave face for her brothers and sisters;

Starving, homeless and grieving.

 

Don’t date an Arab girl, she inspires revolutions with her passions and her protest

She will come home late: she stays amongst the dissenters

Until she can feel the winds of change.

 

Don’t fret, the Arab girl is protected from the cold

By the Keffiyeh (scarf) around her neck; she is the one sharing her last droplets of water

To quench the parched mouths, dried shouting for freedom in the midday sun.

 

Don’t date an Arab girl, she will fill your shelves and your mind with poets

Qabbani, Said and Mahfouz.

(And songs of Fairouz and the Ra7bani brothers)

 

The rivers Euphrates, the Jordan and the Nile run through her veins.

The spirit of Cairo, Algiers and the West Bank satiate her heart.

 

Don’t date an Arab girl, you will too often hear her sigh in longing

for the sound of the Muezzin in the morning, the taste of ‘real’ olives,

the smell of freshly baked bread and for the feel of the sun’s rays

Biting the nape of her neck in the late afternoon.

 

Do date her because you believe in her struggle, when you can match her passion

and feel her pain.

Date her because you can hold her as she wavers

under the load she carries

 

As the strength of her mother fails

For a short moment.

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This poem was inspired by the Arab women I know and the Arab women I don’t know but still look up to.

Cover art is by Lalla Essaydi and the poem’s form was inspired by Charles Warnke and Adi Zarsadias

Final, Absolute, Real: Death in Gaza

Sherif Mktbi shared #‎FreePalestine‬

Nothing can moves you?

There is nothing more real than death.
Nothing more, true, than death.
It’s absolute. It’s final.

When death erases hundreds of lives.
Thousands.
Or even just 4 children.
The action that created death
Is as real, true and absolute
As death itself.

Yet even with this concrete truth.
This overwhelming evidence of atrocity.
It does not move you.

It does not fuel you with fire.
It does not fuel you, to act, with conviction.

This is not a “conflict”.
There is an oppressor.
There is an oppressed people.

The only conflict for you is this.
Will you be honest with yourself?
Will you be honest with others?
Will you share this truth, without fear?

Are you willing to take a side?
Whether it’s with the oppressor or the oppressed.

Let the world know.

I know, that my freedom as an individual,
Will not be complete, without the freedom,
Of the Palestinians.

 

 

Is lacking a National identity such a big deal?

Can a national calamity restitute the fundamental spirit for a union among the sectarian communities?

If almost all national identities everywhere were invariably built and sustained on myths, fabricated historical falsehood, faked stories and adventurer wars decided by the elite “old money”, the oligarch and feudal warlords, the religious clerics and dogmatic hubris…. Do we need to unite under such an identity?

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil rights, human rights, sustainable environment, equitable and fair election laws and durable regulations,…

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil marriage, linked to fast communication technologies, access to social platformsfreedom of expression, laws not discriminating among genders, race, color…, versatile opportunities to jobs and to applying our expertise, affordable education system, national health system…

What we need is to be unified under the banners of caring for our elderly, hospice facilities, decent retirement packages…

What we need is to unify against any State invading our borders, bombing our infrastructure, humiliating us, destabilizing our society and economy, and blocking our daily trade and communication with neighboring countries.

What we need is to unify against any political current that has proven to work against democratic representations, imposing racial demagoguery on the Silent Majority, and disseminating sectarian political ideology.

What identity are we claiming?  

Can you recall any current sustainable Nation that has gained a forced “identity”, without a strong army, multiple defeats, and suffered millions of soldiers fallen in battlefields, and million of peasants witnessing their home and crops burned, for fictitious claims?

Youth and the poorer classes were sacrificed to institute a Nation and were never taken seriously. Why? Because they are viewed as just meat for the canon and a burden to a stable political system

Even a “unified” language in any claimed “nation” was Not feasible, barely a century ago, before the State invested heavily for a main official language.

Restricted communities feel comfortable within their customs, tradition and slang, and only the adventurous soul step out of the boundaries to transfer to urban metropolis and try to mingle with diverse life-styles and working habit.

There is no way that the administration and control of individual status be relegated to the religious sects. A unified Nation cannot be sustainable if the religious sects are given the privilege to administer the citizens individual status, from birth, marriage and death.

Note: Only a statewide program budget to spread economic opportunities to all the communities and districts can the people envision a prospect for a sustained nation.

Without the economic fundamentals, even any effort to adopt a public education and public health system everywhere in the nation will be hard to apply and let the people feel they belong to a worth it Nation.

 


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