With a lot of harrowing situations going on in the world, and the Arab Spring has officially turned into a year, I would like to share a poem I wrote and had published on Damazine. It talks about Palestine but it truly reflects any country going through violence and unjust regimes.
May Allah (swt) protect them all. Ameen.
When the Olive Tree Warbler Sings
Originally published in Damazine’s Issue, Summer 2011
By Mariam Al-Kalby
Palestine gives birth to another war.
The warbler squawks.
With olive trees bending in pain,
I see Hope as a cupped nest dangling from an olive branch.
Ashes embedded in leaves, rivers of blood
flows through the cracked rocks of Gaza, does the sun really shine
or is it merely illuminating the starkness of despair?
Are those songs really of love or loud creaks of sadness?
When I see the wings dancing in the air, in the backdrop of bombs,
is the bird dancing in joy or writhing from the shrieks of mothers?
Does the warbler feel the tragedy rising from the souls of the deceased
or is it oblivious to the destruction that surrounds its world?
Perched on a branch, a tear escapes beneath its plumes.
Do you have any poems or written pieces reflecting on war and people?