Arts/Literature

Bride of Palestine

It was hardTo lift PoetryOut of the grave It was so veryHeavy It was difficult to findUnderneath the rubbleUnderneath the lies Its lips of ironIts hair of plutonium So stillIn…

A Felon In The Matrix

RespectNo one SpitIn the judge'sFace Give the fingerTo the police SlapThe president MistrustThe doctor Tell the lawyerTo shut up And the priestTo stop lying No figureOf authorityIs what they seem…

Keep Your Eyes Open

Pay attentionTo what you see You see a peopleBeing murdered You see a landBeing blotted You see a dreamBeing slaughtered You see thisAnd you believe In your presidentsAnd your chancellorsAnd…

Two Beasts

There is a paradoxIn the heart of the world There are two beastsThat contend for dominion One is ferocious and bloodyAnd knows no pityOnly vengeance The other is magicalOf infinite…

Touchstones

It is good to joinwhat should be joinedand it is good to partwhat should be parted. It is evil to joinwhat should not be joinedand to partwhat should not be…

Ecce Homo!

If EvilHas carefully stolen youFrom the World If EvilHas gripped your heartAnd will never let go If EvilHas imprisoned youIn deepest Hell If EvilHolds you mockingly in its armsWhispering its…

Love Is King

I have a sad secret to tell you:Love does not conquer all Only Power can do that Love is:That much is true But it can breakAnd be stolenMuch more easilyThan…

Cleaning House (Attar of Roses)

the urge to beautify one’s surroundings is widespread and profoundly beneficial — particularly so in the harrowing circumstances of loss, displacement, and danger. — From an article by Stephanie Acker…

Come To Gaza

You want to seeThe empty faceOf God? Come to Gaza You want to seeThe true RulerOf the world? Come to Gaza You want to seeThe filthy lieOf Freedom Come to…

Abandoned

AngelsWill not touchThis land God will notWave His hand Over this landHe will not point Or give direction Silence is this land The men prayThe women screechAnd the children quickly…

Groundhog Day, Aristotle and Communism

Exploring Aristotle's virtue ethics and Marx and Engels's communist individual through the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day (1993) is a classic of philosophical cinema. I was first asked to watch…

Witness

I've seen the ugliness I've felt the pain I've lived the rage I've watched the mothers I've counted the children I've mourned the men Evil has heated my bloodEvil has…

My country

My countryIs of pain My countryIs of sorrow My countryIs a chorusOf wildness My countryIs the songOf tribulations My countryHas been whippedBy torture My countryHas been deniedThe light My countryWeeps…

A Deafening Roar

Gaza may be in the news, but it's not on most folks' minds — at least those folks within my own circle of friends and colleagues. I don't know what…

Weapon of Love

Make this poemInto fire Mould itInto a bomb Launch itOver theHigh wallOf murdering lies Make each lineA bullet of justiceA jab of the Divine Sing itIn front of torture Sing…

Palestine Beloved

Do you see Do you see, my friend? The dead want to kiss you They want to breathe through you They want to dance with your feet They want to…

Cursed

You don't everWant to be hauntedBy children By the childrenYou've killed But you will be I hope they comeIn their millions I hope they suffocateI hope they strangulateI hope they…

We Are Here!

You cameFrom the gas chambersWith HistoryTattooedOn your arms You cameFor justiceFor freedomYou said But we were hereWithout knowingWe were waitingTo be toldThat we were notPart of History'sOr God's plan We…

Gaza

You come at meWith hate You come at meWith acid argument You come at meSo as to erase me But I'm still here Breathing the smokeStaring into the fireListening to…

Gautama

The world kept rushing by.And with it anger. Finallyhe freed his emotions from the tangled world. From a palace window he could seethe shore of an ancient sea.In his heart…

An Immense Hunger

Now that our revels are ended, the holiday celebrations and feasts, if one had them, just a dream melted into thin air, our hungers perhaps richly satiated temporarily or not,…

Peace Always Comes

As despair pours from the eyes and the heart bleeds from pain, solitude crawls in and with it comes peaceAs the past fades out and the present looks bleak, the…

All Flowers

All tonguesThat have spoken in prayerAre equally beautiful.All places of worshipAll over the EarthAre beautiful. All facesAll racesAll deeds doneThat have shone with loveShineAnd are beautiful. Harsh worldDo not fall…

Never Forget

Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American peace activist and a member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement. She was crushed to death while…

To Refaat Alareer

(In response to his poem, If I Must Die) We all must die RefaatI agree.But none should rushFrom one building to anotherOnly to be the rubbleOr the dust of flesh.No…

I am Sorry

I speak for those whose voice remains unheard;I write for those whose stories await being told;I sing for those whose melody aches to be sung;I paint for those whose canvas…

Population Reduction in Not India

Two Hundred Million Dalits Are not India Two Hundred Million Muslims Are not India One Hundred Million Adivasis Are not India One Hundred Twenty Million Farmers Are not India Secularists…

The Death Of The Heroes

"We have been made to be heroes for a while – but I know ultimately that will not change our condition.”                  Wakeel Hassan*  We celebrate our heroesAs we possess our…

Ridley Scott’s Napoleon – A Review

Ridley Scott’s latest Napoleonic-era endeavor is based on the life of arguably the world’s most-studied King, Napoleon Bonaparte. Of course, it is titled “Napoleon”; as many autobiographies do but it’s…

Losing Touch

The President has lost his marbles!They crouch behind the pillows of his brain,Waiting, coiling for the perfect momentTo strike! Or… slink away,Fluttering in the gasping world….The Lady-in-Waiting is likewise befuddled;She…

The Killer (2023) review

David Fincher’s The Killer was one of the most anticipated releases of 2023. The favourable reviews from film festival screenings only added to the anticipation, and expectations around the film…

Palestine is Rising

Malice is blooming, Truth is fadingDisbelief is growing, Trust is buryingSmoke is brewing, Darkness is glowingWar is raging, Peace is breakingBombs are falling, Babies are crushingMothers are screaming, Fathers are…

If You Could Speak…

Little face in the rubble!If you could speakFrom your midget-coffin,If your sweet voice could carry throughYour little mouth-Cavernous and hollowed out by death,Encrusted with old blood,Stopped in its tracks between…

The blessed land of Palestine

We were the little angels hovering in the skyline.Came from that blessed land of Palestine. Watching over the trail of shooting missiles.Those shattering over the innocent lives & smiles. We…

The Lidice Ratio

One to One HundredEven more at timesBut the OneIs the Only Focus One Hundred is a statisticOne Hundred heartsMinds, SoulsThousands of lovers A Pauper concedesA Billionaire succeedsIt might be timeTo…

GAZACIDE

World’s largest concentration camp,Gaza’s two million suffering soulsall bear oppression’s brutal stamp,sad state, which Israel extols. That strip of ancient Palestinewas British Empire-occupieduntil Brit World War Two decline,when Zionism from…

Because

Hey diddle diddleThe cat and the fiddleThe cow jumped over the moonBecause; Palestine is where Zionist babiesRepopulate the olive groves stolenFrom Palestinians who once upon a timeBelieved that in a…

Jewish Diaspora – Speak Up For Palestinians

“When crime becomes authorityAnd hunts down people branding them criminalsEveryone with a voice and keeps silentBecomes criminal himself.” (Poet Varavara Rao) About time middle class JewsSpread across the worldBreak their…

Skyless In Gaza

Ad Astra, they sayShoot for the moonSunlight, they sayHeals all wounds What happens?When the sun isn't thereWhen the stars eludeWhen the moon hides? And what happensTo your soulWhen you discoverThat…

14 October 2023 – A Poem

In the city I live, no one drops any bombs.Fighter jets don’t deafen; sirens don’t wail.Houses, with people, don’t turn into rubble in an instant.Bewildered souls of the newly exploded…

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