Inscribing Palestine – A Poem

(UNRWA)

By Ramona Wadi

International abandonment
a horizon exploding in hideous light

beneath the massacred canopy
echoes of footsteps, voices, laments

the tapestry unravels,
threads suffocating street corners,
pavements, rubble and sand
melting faces dissipating
in kaleidoscopic chronology
smeared with crimson hues

parched land, resistant territory
tears trailing from the enclave
nurturing remembrance in green
inscribing Palestine from Gaza
a memory resilient against
an oblivious world, immersed
in a banquet of veins
ripped from bodies to sustain
the colonial massacre

speckled floors, white sheets bearing
the remains of displaced vengeance
ruptured children, peeling skin, exposed skulls

in incandescent assemblies, from varnished stands
imperialism claims interpretations justifying trophy relics
a transient applause constructed in rhetoric

a call emanates, individual tones
celebrating a common inscription
a harvest of Palestine for Palestinians, tangible
in the cacophony of disturbed dawn

– Ramona Wadi is an independent researcher, freelance journalist, book reviewer and blogger, focusing on the struggle for memory in Palestine and Chile. She is a regular writer for Middle East Monitor and Mint Press News. Her work has been published in various outlets, including academic publications and translated into several languages. She contributed this poem to PalestineChronicle.com.

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