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Poem: Only Thunder [Thoughts About Gaza]

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This is a guest-poem from Sr. Marryam:

“I was telling them this is thunder, don’t worry, don’t be afraid.”
—Ayman Atalla, 38, talking of his three children in the December 2008 Israeli massacre of Gazans

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it’s only thunder
don’t you worry
don’t be afraid
lay your head down
close your eyes
because its only thunder

but father, father
the bombs are dropping
and i am afraid
our house is shaking
our windows breaking
and i am afraid

no child no
it’s only thunder
so don’t you worry
don’t be afraid
just lay your head down
and close your eyes now
for its only thunder

but father, father
the sky is smoking
and i am afraid
the streets are cracking
and boys next door are bleeding
and i am afraid

oh dear daughter
it’s only thunder
please don’t worry
don’t be afraid
go lay your head down
and let your eyes close
it’s only thunder cracking

but father, father
why wont you answer?
cant you hear me?
tell me, ‘don’t be afraid’
tell me, ‘don’t be afraid’
because i’m so afraid
i am so afraid

Also see Sr. Marryam’s reflections on Gaza

Following is a retread of a poem on Gaza by Sr. Irum Sarfaraz on MM:

Far beyond the rusted iron bars

On the window of my home
I see a world that is utopia to me
It watches its children grow up in peace
And sees them laugh
And sees them live
That world beyond is a bubble to me
That has perfect harmony
And color
And life
That world to me is a fairy tale
That exists for me
As fairy tales do
In books
And stories
And fables

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    innalhamdolillah. bismillah.

    O Allah safeguard the Muslims of Gaza, of all Palestine, and of every place on Your earth where dhulm and the arrogant abuses of modern pharoahs have threatened Your slaves, destroyed the homes in which Your Name is praised, and slaughtered the steadfast in the midst of their worship of You alone!

    O Allah let it be Your thunder that fills the heavens and roars in the ears of the oppressors, of the Israelis who kill without right, and of those like them. Let Your thunder fill those evil hearts with fear. And strike them down in this life and make them the lowest of the low in the next life, save only those whose repentance You accept. Verily, You are al-Aziz and al-Hakeem.

  2. Amatullah

    January 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    SubhanAllah.

  3. umtalhah

    January 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    @ abu abdAllah – ameen

  4. Viva La Palestine

    January 6, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Ameen Ya rabalalameen

  5. Raniah

    January 6, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Ameen to the dua!

    May Allah grant victory to our brethren in Palestine and all over the world where there are oppressed Muslims.

    I can only imagine how these parents are trying to comfort their children. Ya Allah make them steadfast and ease their suffering! And those who lost children in this atrocity, may those same children be shifaa for their parents yawm alQiyama.

  6. Raniah

    January 6, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    sorry meant shafa’a

  7. MM Associates

    January 7, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    bismillah. [abu abdAllah]

    ”How far will this barbarism go?” [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez asked on state television before the ambassador’s expulsion was announced. ”The president of Israel should be taken before an international court together with the president of the United States, if the world had any conscience.” (AP story)

    i really want to hug Hugo! http://digg.com/world_news/Israeli_envoy_to_Caracas_expelled

    Venezuela is the first country to take such a diplomatic step in protest at the violence in Gaza.

    “The Israeli army is cowardly attacking worn-out, innocent people, while they claim that they are defending their people,” Mr Chavez said during a visit to a children’s hospital in Caracas.

    “I call on the people of Israel to stand up against that government, to demand, to put a hand on their hearts and look at their children, and I call on the world to stop this madness.” (full story — this is the one to digg!)

  8. Amatullah

    January 7, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    How sad is it that a non Muslim is saying this…While the countries surrounding falastin are locking their gates and shooting anyone who comes near.

    ….And we expect the help of Allah, while our own brother has become our enemy.

    Allahul Musta’aan.

  9. Ayesha Fatima

    January 7, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Yah Allah !!Prorect all the children of the Gaza, Yah Allah unite all the muslim ummah…Yah Allah ,We have wronged our own souls;If you forgive us not and bestow not upon us your mercy,we shall certainly be lost.

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