Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tribute to Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh

There are so many thousands of Palestinian martyrs who have given everything for the fight against Zionist violence & expropriation. We will never know the names & contributions of most of them. So it is important to honor those we do know. This poem by Indian poet, Musab Iqbal, who has become the poet laureate of Palestinians & other oppressed is a tribute to Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, the Palestinian man who died in an Israeli prison:

In Memory of Maysara Abuhamdia

Stabbed by guardians, captivated by enemies
We wander without having a land to wander
We dream of freedom without having the right to dream
We grow olives on a soil bathed in red
We buy tickets to travel in apartheid buses
Despised by power, depressed by hope
We don’t cry, we don’t mourn, we don’t laugh
We see from the sieged beaches what the panoptic does
We intend to burst our self to find liberation
We give martyrs after martyrs to save an inch
We don’t plead we don’t ask we don’t bow
Hope is arrested and hunger is on duty
We give life for dignity, for freedom, for honor
We are the deprived butterflies searching for homely flowers
We are the citizens of a ‘no nation’ carving a history of unique passion
We know blood, we know resistance, we know martyrdom
We fight against the clock, against time, the time of oppression
Poets cry and the shadows die
We are in solitude as a race, as a nation
We are bruised by the skies , tortured by wires
We are on our deathbeds extending hope to death
We want no rescue, no merciful gaze
We will be ruined completely and then the world will be

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