Thursday, May 03, 2007


Words, by Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

That's all it took -- a single reading in a fourth grade classroom, to inspire this poem by Tanaili, 10 years old, Columbus Elementary School, Chicago, IL:


When I had feelings, my words crushed me.
Then came the war!

When my words were mad, I tried to forget

When my words were scorpions, I ran away
from them.

When my thoughts felt sad, my words became

When my words threatened me, I threw them
out my window.

My words hurt me on the inside. Words screaming
in my head. Will the war ever end?

1 comment:

jacquelina said...

Just came across your blog from Community Arts Network and I'm so glad. This poem is just what I needed today --to have someone else articulate my very thoughts. And though I know younger people are amazing, it's still incredible that these words come from a younger poet. Thank you for sharing it!!