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From "Poem of the Land"
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Author: Mahmoud Darwish
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...."A small evening
A neglected village
Two sleeping eyes
Thirty years
Five wars
I witness that time hides for me
an ear of wheat
The singer sings
Of fire and strangers
Evening was evening
The singer was singing

And they question him
Why do you sing?
He answers them as they seize him
Because I sing

And they have searched him:
In his breast only his heart
In his heart only his people
In his voice only his sorrow


This small section is from a poem called "Poem of the Land" which refers to the Day of the Land, a day that is noted annually by Palestinians on March 30. It is a dedication to the student demonstrators and five young girls who were shot and killed by the Israeli army in 1976.

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