by nouriguess   Mar 10, 2016

Maybe war is what made you this
Maybe it made both of us so,
cling to memories rather than each other,
your ears got used to the shrieks
of bullets that it forgot the love in my voice,
your lips got burnt enough that
every time you kiss me,
my lips are covered with gunpowder.

I understand, but,

I'm homesick, too.
I'm homesick and my heart is in pieces,
and all I want is a hug that shouts
louder than their guns.

Your eyes keep roaming over the repeated news,
the numbers, the pictures of ebola victims
and political compaigns,
over how many hundred syrian pounds
a dollar is worth now.

You tell me "I should fight,
we should fight, this homeland is all we have",

but you cannot touch my soul,
then wear your khaki suit.
You're all I have.
You're all I have and my heart is
in pieces and this land isn't
our home anymore.


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  • 7 years ago

    by Larry Chamberlin

    I cannot fathom not having commented on this poem. The new feature of recommended poems brought it to my fresh attention. It remains one of the most powerful love please I have read on this entire site. From your first entry to this site (and The Flowing River) you have taken your native genius and polished it to an engaging diamond.

  • 7 years ago

    by ddavidd

    This songs of freedom!
    it's all I ever have
    all I ever be.
    (( playing with Bob's lyric a bit))

    beautifully pend!!

  • 7 years ago

    by Saerelune

    Got back from a long long break, so sorry for the late post, but here's the comment I wrote as a judge back then:

    "It didn't take long to realize that this poem would be filled with emotion as I read the first two lines, although I think it might have been more powerful to do without the enjambment and merge those two lines, just to start off the poem with a bigger punch. But that's just a tiny technical note, also regarding the flow. What I liked about this poem is that it wasn't just a simple jumble of fancy imagery, because the imagery was actually put together very well with the use of repetition, making the poem well-rounded. The echoes of a "home" are evident within almost each stanza, and so is the reminder of weapons. I love the contrast between the two personas, how they are probably a couple but both have a different vision of "all they have". The mention of the khaki suit also tied so well with the previous stanza about the news. There are subtle reminders everywhere that connect the imagery, and the emotions that are evoked only strengthen them. This poem portrayed such an important issue yet manages to make it intimate and personal, pulling the reader in with emotions. Nice work."

  • 8 years ago

    by Melpomene

    Did this really not end up on the front page?

    Noura, no poet on this site is able to write anything as raw as this poem. By the end I was overwhelmed by emotion and that does not happen often for me when reading poetry on this site. The way you are able to write with such honest really does send shivers down my spine and this poem is one I will continue to return to read for a very long time.

    I hope you are well my friend.

  • 8 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Judge Comments:

    Noura takes you to a place where your soul cries....

    When destruction and war is all around you, the emotions can kill a heart, within this piece Noura pleads for her love to unite in love and yet to save their homeland... just a heartbreaking poem and written in true form by Noura.. Powerful poem by this lovely lady!

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