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Be a Rose

Wash tears and fears with a glowing smile
Extend your hands, embrace a face.



Giving fragrance when caressed

Held up softly, crushed or destroyed

In abundance it fills the ambiance

Never withhold what it contains

Every person you come by

Paths have crossed, wisdom unknown



Don’t let it pass or go to waste


Without a whisper, heart to heart



Spiky shells hide weary souls


Fragile and wounded throbbing in pain



Just like you, carries own load


Seeking retreat, hurting and cold



Wash tears and fears with a glowing smile


Extend your hands, embrace a face


Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 10.2.2013

Reassure with a tender gaze


Delight as you leave your scent behind



Brush your surrounds with your heavenly soul


Paint grey days with rainbows hues


lilac and mauve, violet and green


Red and amber, pink and blue


Scatter your pearls for all who seek


Sparkles of joy, boundless sublime



Awaken seeds of love, dormant inside


Watch barren hearts tremble and bloom

Be a rose




“To smile when confronted with the most severe oppression, is an act of Resistance rooted in unparalleled beauty.”

~ Jonathan Azaziah

"And I, a Palestinian from occupied Palestine, refuse to share
my homeland with Zionist colonizers"

 ~ Reham Alhelsi

"Facts" do NOT need laws to enforce, validate or defend them, what they require is research to examine their narrative and correct it for better accuracy and understanding.

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest.”

Special thanks to Uprooted Palestinians


Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothes. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.

She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian.When she did it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles, and Palestine the True Story.

Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine.

If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of learning more about Palestine, you can visit Nahida's blog Poetry for Palestine for more of her writings; prose, poems, letters and dialogues.

You can write to Nahida :



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