Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Some asked me recently


where my favorite place in all of Palestine was. I've seen some heartwrenching landscapes and met amazing people, but this is my answer.

jersualem sunday
by Suhair Hammad

jeru
salem
sun
day

three muezzins call idan
where one’s allah begins another’s
akbar ends inviting the last
to witness mohammad’s prophecies

church bells ring the sky
an ocean shade of blue above
christ’s tomb and the stones
of this city witness man’s weakness

boys run by the torah
strapped to their third eye
ready to rock their prayers

the roofs of this city busy as the streets
the gods of this city crowded and proud

two blind and graying
arab men lead each other through
the old city surer of step than sight

tourists pick olives from the cracks
in the faces of young and graying
women selling mint onions and this
year’s oil slick on the ground

this city is wind
breathe it
sharp
this history is blood
swallow it
warm
this sunday is holy
be it
god

2 Comments:

Blogger Dar said...

Well just wana say Hi , and a great blog u have there about what is going in palestine , may God be with u !
Cheerz!

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Salaam Sahar... it's me, the one you met on the plane to Detroit. I love your blog and am still in the process of reading it. I wanted to get your email address so that we could keep in contact... mine is deeara@hotmail.com. Keep up the great work.

7:36 PM  

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