Poems

To All Students, I say – Poem

Mourad El Hanafi   Enjoy being a student For someday You'll cease to be a student Enjoy the weight on your shoulders Enjoy the life you draw with your fingers Feel and enjoy Your seat's warmth Your classmates’ warmth Your teachers’ warmth For at school, on exciting journeys you set forth Be cool and don’t turn your teachers’ lives hard Enjoy cheering up noisily in the school yard For someday You'll wis ...

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A White Lie – Poem

Marrakech If you meet him, tell him I don’t believe his lie For I know his love for me won’t easily die **** How could he act like he has already flipped the page Pretend that in a relationship he is to engage Be wed to someone else and live in the golden cage Fool everyone to believe he’s the one and only sage **** How could the man I loved think of such a con Did he not find anyone but me to pull it on Li ...

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What Ails You, Dear?

Tunis Instead of learning to walk in the blue And learning not to feel the pain of my tear, Come back before you are gone, O Dear! Come back before telling me 'adieu' I am afraid you will get lost in the blue knowing not what to say or do. You will add another pain to my pain You will get lost and blame it on me. Last night, I had a dream And your shadow fell on me. I am afraid of the days, O Dear, That wou ...

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The United Nations through the Eyes of an Occupied Arab – Poem

Oujda- By Mohammed Zeriouh   We were told the UN would resolve all our conflicts By the sane wisdom of its objective specialists. We were told later it’d rethink our security So that we would enjoy our innate humanity. We were told it’d intervene unconditionally To reclaim our alienated statehood peacefully. We were told the UN is ‘’God’s Eye‘’ on this vast earth, So vigilant to the value of life and i ...

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Mirage summer – Poem

By Lina Aissa - Kenitra I was infancy A blossoming white lilac Innocence, purity incarnate All I knew was him, My world he was I adored my reflection in his pupils A smile on his face was my nirvana **** Nevertheless, being with him a dream was Me on top of his shoulders, Swaying along the shore Climbing sand dunes, chasing crows Piling up seashells, Clustering their debris in the palm of our hands Far from ...

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Blood Donation – Poem

Safi, Morocco Here is my precious blood, The dearest I’ve ever had, My parents’ and my legacy By true decree, not fallacy. ****  Here’s my scarlet blood,  With my love dyed in red; Its white globules are a balm Transporting peace and calm,  **** Here is my blood dripping Out with red and while petals, Sly messengers to hospitals Booing out death’s slipping;  **** Here’s my blood to re-use Bearing my traits ...

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To My Home Land – Poem

By Salam chouiref - Fez To the land of the flourishing dynasties Prosperous ethnicities And refining antiquities  **** I’m falling in love with the colors of your nature With the hospitality of your creature And with the beauty of your architecture  **** You are the one that bears the sorrow of the people The malice of the devil And the heaviness of the castle May God bless the splendor of your mountain Add ...

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Farewells – Poem

By Minyar Mrabti - Gabes, Tunisia Farewell, dear pure love, dear sweetness  Farewell is the inevitable phase A futuristic dryness, I see And shall the ever-lasting humdrumness be Yes I'am vain without she Mercy, I request from this time on me Take the fastest road, and let the reunion be For this love's flames do burn the space O she is beauty, O she is grace The emotional stability, slipped words did kill ...

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I am Black – Poem

Safi – Morocco White inside, despite my black skin; That’s the contrast of life, I imagine. Just like you,i have got light red blood; My heart sings life in drowning flood; My white smile proves my innocence From a charge that is clear nonsense; I’m black; if you can’t stand the evidence, Ask nature to revise both our existence.  **** Ask, before, about our ancestors’ history, About mine’s struggle for free ...

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A Palestinian Mother’s gift – Poem

Safi, Morocco A mother, plucking her heart off her chest, Feeling bitter, to look strong doing her best, Said to the last of her leaving sons, bravely: This is your great day as a lover of the nation To which you’re bound by great infatuation; You’ve been chosen and responded eagerly;  Here’s my gift signed with my ample blessing Here’s my heart, I ‘m not in need of its whining Pulse or its stocks of love o ...

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We are Jerusalem – Poem

By Najoua Bijjir - Amsterdam Land of Holy Pilgrimage Mortals claiming Heritage Marked by footpaths Of fools Killing human jewels  **** Jerusalem In thy Holy ground  Is buried The face of innocence Harmed by sadist dunce Leaving peace In absence  **** Land where Prophets Kneeled became Endless battlefields Upon thy soil Children are used as Human shields  **** Bombed and destroyed In mothers’ uterus  Fools c ...

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The Last Hug – Poem

Safi, Morocco This isn’t the last of the hugs, There will be even more Like this one, those of before Under time and death’s eyes And life’s booming cries, In a world torn into slit rugs. This is not the last hug, The moment when life succumbs And when it powerlessly comes To an agreement with death Saying nothing, holding its breath, Waiting for a little soul to rise Under its vain, sorrowful cries And dea ...

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