Category Archives: Poem

His eye is on the sparrow…

It was two years ago at my sister’s house, and my mom came down the stairs with a junky old tape recorder and a cassette. “I got to hankering for Brother John’s voice”, she explained matter-of-factly, speaking of my Uncle … Continue reading

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Digging at “Ground Zero”.

I was on my way to work in New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001. I am grateful to the web site “The Sonic Memorial Project” for its archives on Radio Row, and would be interested in … Continue reading

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In Memory of Sakia Gunn

Sakia Gunn was murdered on May 11, 2003, in Newark [link to documentary]. I wrote this after attending a sparsely attended vigil for her on the piers of the West Village where she was hanging out with her friends that … Continue reading

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انا من هناك—I am of that place.

A poem by the Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwich (محمود درويش). Translation is mine.

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Words From the First Intifada (dedicated to Gaza)

This piece was written after the Israeli massacre of Palestinian youth at the Lebanese border with Palestine on the Day of Return, May 15, 2011. In 1987, after the First Intifada started, I remember sitting in a coffee shop in … Continue reading

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دانيال، أنت إبني | Daniel, you’re my son.

I’m not sure how she knows the hajjeh upstairs when I might need a kind word, some support or succor, her presence; she’s a knack for knowing just the right moment to intervene nonetheless; like my mom in the States … Continue reading

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The Le Joola Ferry Disaster of Senegal

Today is the 11th anniversary of the Le Joola ferry disaster [link] that took place off of the coast of Senegal and which became the greatest maritime disaster in history, although most remain unaware of it even having transpired. The … Continue reading

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“O, Destroyer!”

August is the anniversary of the end of the July 2006 Israeli War on Lebanon (known locally as the “July War”). As American warships arrive off the coast yet again, and Israeli jets buzz in the skies yet again (they … Continue reading

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“I pity the poor immigrant.”

Lyrics by Bob Dylan, from the album John Wesley Harding, 1968. Just played on Lebanon’s national radio station. The number of those emigrated from Lebanon is estimated to be three to four times the national population. [video link]

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An anti-poem on anti-adoption.

In the world of adoption there would seem to be a spectrum of potential caregivers. The spectrum ranges from one pole focused on the needs of the child to the other pole focused on the needs of the parent(s). On … Continue reading

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