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Nahida, Exiled Palestinian: Gaza Speaks – Look At Me (Poem)

 
I would love to write poetry about love,
 
Paint rainbows and butterflies,
 
Smell the scent of pink rose buds,
 
And dance;
 
Dance with the melody of jubilant bluebirds
 
 
 
 
I would love to close my eyes and see children smiling
 
No guns pointing at their heads
 
Tell them stories of lily-like fairies in far-away lands
 
Not of bullets shrieking…. missiles exploding
 
 
 
 
But
 
How can I?
 
 
How can I?

 
 
How can I?
 

 

How can I?

 

 
There is a dagger in my heart
 
I am hurting
 
Hurting
 
I bleed,
 
I cringe
 
I cry
 
 
HUMANITY, WHERE ARE YOU?
 
 
 
 
I am being slaughtered
 
Under your watchful eyes
 
I am cold… cold…. cold
 
I cringe
 
I cry
 
 
Humanity, where are you?
 
 
 
 
Why do you turn your face away?
 
Why do you keep looking the other way?
 
 
 
 
I am here
 
Languishing
 
In Gaza's alleyways
 
 
 
 
Humanity, where are you?
 
 
 
Look at me
 
See me
 
I am here
 
Sighing
 
In Gaza's alleyways
 
I cringe I cry
 
 
 
 
Humanity,
 
Enough turning the other way !
 
Turning a deaf ear
 
Turning a blind eye

 
While I, and oh !
 
My poor children
 
Die .

 

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