Selected Poems

ثلاث نساء وابتسامة

إلى “نوار الأرض”: إلى المناضلة عصام عبد الهادي فيحاء قاسم عبد الهادي امرأة جَلَست خَلفَ الأوراق أَجابَت صَغيرَتَها فَتَحّت الباب بائعَ الحليب قارىءَ عدّادِ النّور عادَت إلى أوراقِها ردَّت على الهاتِف أَمسكَت بالقَلَم أجابَت صَغيرَها حضَّرت وجبَةَ العَشاء عادَت إلى أوراقِها وضَعت أطفالَها في السَّرير دَلفت إلى المَطبَخ أعدَّت وجبةَ الغَد حاوَرَت أَوراقَها لَم تَكِلّ لَم تَشكُ ابتَسمَت وغَفَت وامرأة ... Read More »

To Faisal

In his Memorial Ceremony / Amman / 15 September 2006 Tears Tears return to every weeping eye, Because they do not resemble you Nor does the sun, Nor do the moon and stars, Nor do precious stones ….. ….. You, only, can resemble yourself Clouds No cloud can embrace you, Clouds are too small ….. ….. Our eyes Are your ... Read More »

You shall not escape

You shall not escape Shall not enjoy your sleep or wakefulness Before you Our dreams Pens and eyes Before you Our Walls cement and steel Behind you Our birds Ahmad / Zechariah / Mohammed / Ismail The sixteenth of July of every year of your lives Behind you The smell of bunt flesh The burns of Sabah at Beit Lahiya ... Read More »

My Self

I narrate my tales I twist the necks of time I extract my past – I exist. I enter into history, beautiful and radiant. I spread my robe – the springs erupt the cataracts fall: Arabiyya, Zahret el Uqhuwan, Maheeba (1) Rubeen (2), Al Houdaj (3), shatranj (4) Al mawwal (5), ad dabke (6), at tabban (7) Ayyoub, al’Ajami, en-Nabi ... Read More »

A State of Affection

The affection Of pens to their length, Of Paper to its words, Of Words to their letters, Of letters to their salt The affection Of birds to their nests, Of nests to their trees, Of trees to their leaves, Of leaves to their water The affection Of beds to their covers, Of covers to their cotton, Of cotton to its ... Read More »

In Her Fifties

In her fifties, A woman’s chest Carries the peaches of childhood, The Butter of the youth, And the olives of old age In her fifties, A woman’s heart Carries the spontaneous twenties, The mad thirties, The charming forties, And the reputable sixties In her fifties, A woman’s fist Carries the heat of thunderbolts, The might of rocks, And the tenderness ... Read More »


I slowly grind Those questions that await no answer, I tenderly shake Those taboos embedded in my thought, My eyelashes embrace Those truest of friends; I grant them the oils of my heart, My mind opens to Those truest of enemies; I show them my pencil’s spears, Those moderate friends, And those moderate enemies, I throw in the garbage bin ... Read More »


When you’re away I confess That the earth rotates The wind blows The windmill revolves When you’re here I confess That the solid dissolves The Colors of the rainbow glow The world spreads its warmth I bare the unbearable The daily, the normal and the formal And that all things sparkle When you’re here The sun’s light sneaks in When ... Read More »

A Rainbow

Raed Hammoudeh (Al Bireh) Age:30 I’m not looking for cameras I keep my face covered I discover him I discover him A gunman with a silencer He discovers determination He discovers lightening Muhammed Al-Dura (Breij refugee camp) Gazzah Age:12 My picture glowing on the wall My smile melts behind my father Give me back My school bag My drawing book ... Read More »

Deep Inside

Along the seashore, I walk With their magic, those trees embrace me They swing me Between their braches I roll Within my chest, my heart rolls Within the streets, I walk They contain me, they settle me They feed me their beauty I tremble; my veins shiver The streets cover my quivering body With their everlasting scarf Oh, the scarf ... Read More »