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Nahida Izzat: Only In Palestine – A Poem

In Palestine, good and evil assemble in stark contrast
An epitome of creation

In Palestine, heroism meets malice head on
No concealment, no pretence

In Palestine, kindness confronts bitterness

Mercy grows defiant

“Never forget and never forgive” mantra is brought to shame

In Palestine, walls all around
Yet, setting on the fence is no longer an option
One must choose a camp

In Palestine, from prophetic schools saints and angels graduate
Yet, out of sorcery spells fiends and devils are frothed into being

In Palestine, hatred is a chain, millennia old
Pulling to Hell of depravity
Beasts who promote

In Palestine, endurance is a meadow, blossoming through parched soil

Painting the horizon

Tears of elation and whispers of devotion

In Palestine, tenderness is a melody, sung by Gaza shores

Growing in abundance, filling hearts and minds

Dancing at twilight, healing girls and boys

In Palestine, love is a rainbow, shimmering above
Lifting to Heavenly splendour
Sublime nostalgic souls

In Palestine, faith is ocean deep

Patience knows no boundaries

Sincerity soft tactile and hope… sky-wide

In Palestine, sinners are repentant

The pious clothed in modesty and lovers intertwined

In Palestine, sisters made queens, brothers are protectors

Children are adored, fathers held up high

but under mothers’ feet Paradise is laid down


In Palestine, the hungry is fed, the lonely is embraced

The lost will be guided and the searching will find

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