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Issue #1533      1 February 2012

Poem

Al Nakba*

Tents have given way to bricks and mortar,
but refugees they remain.
The years of waiting and neglect have
given way to a grim determination
to hold on against all odds.
For memories persist
of that ancient and beloved land.
Songs and stories have kept alive
the hope of return, through the long exile.
In the camps of the dispossessed
life rises from the ashes,
time after time,
revealing the resolute will of a people to resist.
These wronged, who will never give up
their just rights for morsels of land.
After fifty years of anguish and mourning
for the land they lost,
for Palestinians, there is still
only one place to go,
home to Palestine.


Steven Katsineris.

*“Al Nakba” is Arabic for “The Catastrophe”. Palestinians use this to describe the 1948 loss of their homeland.

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