War is not my Language – الحربُ ليست لُغتي

I wrote the War is not my Language الحربُ ليست لُغتي poem on 19 July 2014, during the military attack on Gaza, accompanied by a small photography project. Today, I decided to make my first attempt at spoken word, recorded it and uploaded it to Soundcloud. You can listen to it here: War is not my Language. 

The link to the photographs accompanying the poem can be viewed here: War is not my Language Photography Project


الحربُ ليست لُغتي war is not my language


no more of yours F-16s
no more of your tanks!
(and your other American made deadly toys)
no more of your Qassams

no more!

Khalas!
we are sleepless
our bodies – collapsing, shaking, bloodied, amputated, dead.

الحربُ ليست لُغتي

war is not my language

rule and divide
rule and divide
rule and divide
NO MORE!

we refuse.
we scream in desperation
let us live
stop the murder.

LIFT the siege off Gaza
LET the fishermen fish
and let the boys PLAY football.

الحربُ ليست لُغتي

war is not my language

LIFT the siege off Gaza

LET the women live with dignity

and let the girls SWIM in the sea

divide and rule
divide and rule
NO MORE!

we refuse!
we stand up and loudly, clearly say
together, Jews and Palestinians –
we refuse your wars
we refuse to be enemies

الحربُ ليست لُغتي

war is not my language

divide and rule
NO MORE!

(c) khulud khamis, خلود خميس
Haifa, 19 July 2014
حيفا, تموز 2014

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