Dheisheh Palestinian Ghetto, Bethlehem, Palestine

Psalm 9

Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

O rose beyond the reach of time and of the senses
O kiss enveloped in the scarves of all the winds
surprise me with one dream
that my madness will recoil from you
Recoiling from you
In order to approach you
I discovered time
Approaching you
in order to recoil form you
I discovered my senses
Between approach and recoil
there is a stone the size of a dream
It does not approach
It does not recoil
You are my country
A stone is not what I am
therefore I do not like to face the sky
not do I die level with the ground
but I am a stranger, always a stranger.

Dheisha Palestinian Ghetto
Bethlehem, Paletine
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
Dheisha Palestinian Ghetto
Bethlehem, Paletine
Don Michael Hudson, PhD