My First Letter


My first letter

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During the 1967 war, I was only seven when we were forced to leave Palestine in search of safety, thinking that it’s only a matter of weeks before we could go back home. We were denied that right ever since.

As a refugee in Jordan I wrote this letter to my auntie who stayed behind in Palestine.  However, she never received it.  When I saw her 37 years later, I read the letter to her face to face.

Dearest Auntie Intisar,

I have been waiting

For many, many days

Many, many weeks

To come back home

And see you

Give you a big hug

I miss you so

I miss my bedtime stories

You used to tell me

Ali Baba, wishater Hassan

I miss your warm and gentle hand

Stroking through my hair

Till I fall asleep

I tried to come with my mum

And cross the boarders

Many times

“They” wouldn’t let us through

If I’d known

That this is what they’d do

I would never ever have left Palestine

But don’t worry auntie

Because I have a plan

When I grow up

I’ll go to university

I’ll study magic

And I’ll become a fairy

I’ll turn all the soldiers into little ants

Harmless, tiny and peaceful

They’ll go away

And Leave us alone

We’ll cross the boarders

And be together again

In our homeland

Palestine

Love, hugs and kisses

Your niece

Nahida

  ♥ ♥ ♥

5 Responses

  1. These sadly beautiful words tear at the heart strings. The wrong that has been done to you and your people makes me feel physically sick with rage and disgust that the so called ‘civilized’ world could stand by and do nothing for six decades, The tide has at last now turned, people are rising up from every corner of the globe to make their voice heard in support of Palestine, (of which I am proud to be one) – and we WON’T give up till Palestine is free of the Zionist maggot.Good riddance!

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  2. To think a little girl should write such tragic words, bears witness to the reality of ‘The Shame denied its Name’- NAKBA!

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  3. It is truly awful that you had to go through such an event. Please, if you could, I was hoping that you would be willing to contact me via email about something that I would like to post, or have you post, on your blog. My email is robertgibson74@yahoo.com. If not that is fine.

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  4. This poem surpasses “unmerry Christmass” poem that you wrote. As always, very articulate and passionate.

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