Posted by: Harold Knight | 10/26/2015

“. . . Amid the ruins of a collapsing world . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Looking east into Syria past the Occupied Golan Heights from the site of Tel Dan, Israel. Tel Dan was the site of the temple for the Northern Biblical Kingdom of Israel after the split from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. A pagan altar to Baal existed on the site before the temple was built there. (Photo: Harold Knight, 2008)

Looking east into Syria past the Occupied Golan Heights from the site of
Tel Dan, Israel.
Tel Dan was the site of the temple for the Northern Biblical
Kingdom of Israel after the
split from the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
A pagan altar to Baal existed on the site
before the temple was built there.
(Photo: Harold Knight, 2008)

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By one of the important poetic voices of the Palestinian people, both those living in the Occupation and in the Diaspora:

“THE  LAST  KNOCK,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
Will you not open this door for me?
My hand is exhausted from knocking at Your door.
I have come to Your vastness to beg
Some tranquility and peace of mind
But Your door is closed in my face,
Drowned in silence.
Lord of the house,
The door was open here,
A refuge for all burdened with grief.
The door was open here,
And the green olive tree rose high
Embracing the house.
The oil lamb kindling without fire,
Guiding steps of one walking at night,
Relieving those crushed by the burden of Earth,
Flooding them with satisfaction and ease.
Do you hear me, O Lord of the house,
After my loss in the deserts;
Away from You I have returned to You
But Your door is closed
In my face, drowned in silence.
Your house is shrouded
With the dust of death.
You are here. Open, then, the door.
Do not veil Your face.
See my orphanhood, my loss,
Amid the ruins of a collapsing world,
The grief of the world on my shoulders
And terrors of a tyrant destiny
To be undone.

From: A Lover From Palestine and Other Poems: An Anthology of Palestinian Poetry. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970. Available from Amazon.
Fadwa Tuqan obituary.

A group of friends from Dallas, TX, wading in the Sea of Galilee. (Photo: Harold Knight, 2008)

A group of friends from Dallas, TX, wading in the Sea of Galilee. (Photo: Harold Knight, 2008)

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