Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17, 2000 (Palestinian Prisoners’ Day) !

By Saed J. Abu-Hijleh
Nablus, Palestine

Today is the Palestinian Prisoner's Day.
What can I say!
My words are chained, my thoughts pray,
To the giant spirits behind bars, to their hearts,
To dreams made of tears and clay.

Today Samir and Ahmad become one,
United in hunger they walk the path,
"Death or freedom" is the way.

Today all wounds become one,
Transcending bars and barbwires,
Imprinting shame on the jailer’s forehead.

Oh, Brothers and Sisters of the Inside,
You are freer than we are.
We are the prisoners indeed, of selfishness, apathy, and greed.
We are the ones chained by the illusions of safety.

Today the Inside becomes the outside, the outside the Inside.
Today is now and forever!

I can say no more.

This poem was written on April 17, 2000 yes the struggle and plight of Palestinian prisoners still continues in 2010.