Category Archives: Poetry

Voice for Peace

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We need help down here on earth

We’ve forgotten prayer,

Our hopes and dreams,

Our own self-worth.

Let’s not live in a world

Where are children are afraid,

Let’s teach them tolerance and love

In hopes for a brighter day.

Someone needs to be the one,

To start a new tomorrow.

Our children need hope for a bright future

Not one full of pain and sorrow.

It may take a thousand prayers,

A million people’s words,

Worlds away, different names,

Yet, as one voice we can be heard.

One voice to start,

May seem so small,

Yet, pierces the silence,

Until we reach them all.

Shall I be the first to say,

I love my life, our God and this land,

Yet, I want to learn from all the world

And make them all my friends.

I may stumble and I may fall,

I will not be set back.

Follow me, reach out with me

Let’s find peace at last.

by Tina Douthat Marreez

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Poem entered into today’s contest

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The following poem was created using only book titles off the bookshelf above.

THE STORY OF ZAHRA

One of PRINCESS SULTANA’S DAUGHTERS

THE WOMEN OF SAND AND MYRRH

Full of GRANDMOTHER’S SECRETS

And ARAB FOLKTALES

Traveling THE ROAD TO TAHRIR SQUARE

Wearing a VEIL OF ROSES

She leaves the THE HOUSE OF OBEDIENCE

And DREAMS OF TRESPASS

Or an EXIT TO EDEN

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

Are full of NADIA’S SONG

SAND CASTLES

Like ATLANTIS RISING

Remembering STOLEN LIVES

SEVEN DAUGHTERS AND SEVEN SONS

Making THE CHOICE

A TRUST BETRAYED

UNEXPLAINED

Chasing TOMORROW’S DREAM

SCHEHEREZADE GOES WEST

Whispering to ANGELS & DEMONS

Searching for the EYE OF THE PYRAMID

Through the fog of the EMPIRES OF SAND

But, wait, MIRAGE

THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF CHEIKH NEFZAOUI

She never left the HAREM

by Tina Douthat Marreez September 2011

The Black Box

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The Black Box

by Tina Douthat Marreez

 She lives within a cold black box.

She sees nothing.

She hears nothing.

She is afraid.

 All at once he comes, and warms her

With his rays like the sun.

He melts away the ice from the box and it opens.

She emerges.

 She sees and hears everything,

As if for the first time.

She opens her arms to him,

And like an eagle she soars.

Then, unexpectedly, though she should have known,

Clouds roll in and shadow her from him.

She plummets down to earth,

And finds herself alone.

 Her heart breaks,

As she slowly turns,

Lifts the heavy lid,

And reenters the black box she calls home.

 She sees nothing

She hears nothing

But, she feels everything.

Her icy wet tears scald her, as they fall from her sun-kissed cheeks.