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((13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008 / Palestinian)

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I Come From There

I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade of grass.
Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
And the bounty of birds,
And the immortal olive tree.
I walked this land before the swords
Turned its living body into a laden table.
I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother
When the sky weeps for her mother.
And I weep to make myself known
To a returning cloud.
I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
So that I could break the rule.
I learnt all the words and broke them up
To make a single word: Homeland.....

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013


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  • Ramesh Rai (3/19/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    Born as mortals are, I have a mother
    And a house with many windows,
    I have brothers, friends,
    And a prison cell with a cold window.
    A soulful expression

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  • Eman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:06:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND

  • Eman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:06:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND

  • Eman Abdel Latif (3/19/2012 7:02:00 AM)

    to make a single word: HOMELAND

  • Louis Fernand (1/25/2010 1:55:00 AM)

    Nice words are not necessarily true...
    see: http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=d51poygEXYU

  • Ghada Shahbender (8/22/2008 3:52:00 PM)

    Born as mortals Death has taken you... Thank you for blessing our lives with your words. Hope you are now at peace

  • Dzekashu MacViban (1/7/2008 12:29:00 PM)

    i love the poem, he's the best Palestinian poet i know of.

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