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Here's a poem I love, Nathalie Handal is of a mixed background but of a Palestinian Origin, I just like her poems, and I love them more when she reads them

unfortunately I couldn't get the html code to display the video here, though I did it before, anyway, just click the link

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In the blue hour,
the negrita cries, I hide
not to deceive the darkness
or myself…


La negrita is not far
from where I stand
her eyebrows
her one hand…
I too am visible now, behind the tree
behind the night, behind the cry
and all I want to know
is her name
and ask her:
have you ever heard
your heart undressing,
seen a stray dog at midnight,
realize he understands this hour
better than we will understand any hour?
have you seen yourself in every woman
with your eyes or in women with eyes
more difficult than yours?
have you ever really heard your voice,
echoing in your nipples?


She offers me tea,
we end up drinking coffee,
trying to reach the bottom of the cup
unafraid….


now, my teeth are stained, my English
failing me, my Arabic fading
my Spanish starting to make sense…
we are in a finca now--
perhaps we are safe,
perhaps we desire nothing else,
but I can't stop bowing in prayer
five times a day,
my country comes to me, tells me:
Compatriota- I will always find you

no matter what language you are speaking
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salam This poem is really amazing ,it talks about the countries and languages that have been a part of her (Nathalie Handal) ,yet she never forgets where she belongs to.
thank you for sharing :hijab:
ps; by the way do you know what does "la negrita " stand for ,i think it is a Spanish WORD,nah i don't think i am sure but never figured out what does it mean LOL :D

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ps; by the way do you know what does "la negrita " stand for ,i think it is a Spanish WORD,nah i don't think i am sure but never figured out what does it mean LOL :D


doesn't it mean black?

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thank you for the peommm......by the way what doest it mean negrita???