The Dreams of a Palestinian (poem)

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They say dreams come true.
But the dreams of a Palestinian
don’t come through.
At a checkpoint,
They get stopped, searched, and stripped.
Humiliated.
When smuggled,
They reach dead-end.

They say dreams are valid.
But the dreams of a Palestinian
are like his existence.
Invalid
Rejected,
Negotiable,
Deniable, `
Refutable.
Compromised,
Unrecognized.

My dreams crush 3 km into the sea.
Get uprooted like the olives trees.
My dreams are apartheid walled.
Get deflated like a balloon on barbwire.
On surveillance camera, watched.
Yet my dreams are real and big.
They survive and revive.
Reach the sky
know no limits.
Palestinian in mind, heart and spirit.

Lina Sh.

Is a Palestinian living in Qatar, she is an aspiring poet. She blogs here and tweets here

Photo: Exodus – By Hosam Soda.

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