Walking Desert

I never thought it a desert

Nor did I ever judge the sands

I thought it a home

That I could hold in the palm of my hands

Sticking to my curly hair

And the shoes I wear

I became a walking desert

Completely unaware

Of the sands of my people

Clinging to my form

I wore as proudly as a soldier

Wearing his uniform

 

 

Poetry Reading

Part I

of Childhood and War

Memory of The War

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The Spell

I used to trust the shield

I’d create around me

As she told me

سلام و قول من رب رحيم

I told myself those words

Over and over

As I passed a terrorist stop

As I passed the bombed car

As I closed my eyes to sleep

But now I’m safe

Away from it all

And I say those words again

Salamun wa qaulun min rabin raheem

“Peace from a merciful God”

And I hope to rest

Forgetting what I can not forget

Kids Rhymes| Hello Monsters

Hello monsters

Did you come to eat

Something salty or something sweet

?

Hello monsters

Under my bed

Did you want to crawl into my head

?

Hello monsters you look like me

I am your master

Just wait and see

I made you up in my head and heart

To bring new dreams and a new start

Kitten Heroes

Kitten

Stuck between the second and third floor

She screamed

Until we could take it no more

So we changed our plans

And luck would have it

The store we were to visit

Had been destroyed in seconds

By a bomber we didn’t see

And that’s how a stray kitten

Saved me

In 2007

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Simple

Shadows to a light I can’t find

The soldier standing

I stood behind

A metal door

Bullet holes in the wall

Of my grandma’s house

Simpler time

When I wished I knew

How to say hello

Without getting shot

.

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Missing

I had wandered far

And after all

I found you

The thing that was never missing

The thing I refused to see

The missing piece was just me

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Lightening

On top of the world

We stood

Or so we thought

On the dorm’s rooftops

We slept

Explosions lit the sky

No thunder to fear

Just man’s lightening growing near

In time to get a shuteye

[That’s my Baghdad in 2007]

Dare

Days spent

No words given

My mouth forgets how to speak

Nothing done to be forgiven

Days frozen

I dare not do