Saturday, January 3, 2009

The New Year in Gaza

I don't really know what to say about this, other than to lift out these lines:

Adham Khalil from Jabaliya Camp, who blogs at Free Free Palestine, posts a text message he received with special greetings:

Ibrahim a friend sent me a message on my mobile said: look outside .. F16 warplanes are smiling for you, missiles are dancing for you, “Zanannaa” the discovery planes are singing for you, because I have requested them all wishing you “Happy New Year”

Read the whole thing. It pains me how easy it is to forget that two nights ago when I was dancing, this was happening.

ETA: One of the seemingly endless number of poems about land by a Palestinian refugee.

his approach
to love he said
was that of a farmer

most love like
hunters and like
hunters most kill
what they desire

he tills
soil through toes
nose in the wet
earth he waits
prays to the gods
and slowly harvests
--Suheir Hammad

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