This Palestinian Life

Mounif is calling me
In America
From Qatar
About Fahim’s martyrdom
In Beirut
And burial
In Kuwait
And about the necessity
Of informing Sitti Umm ‘Ata
In Deir Ghassanah
And his maternal grandmother
In Nablus
And my mother
In Jordan.
Radwa and I
Are confirming our tickets
To return
To Cairo
Via Rome.

–adapted from Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah 

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