The waves of war fill our houses and buildings,
Ripping apart families, efficiently killing,
Where we are experimented on with new arms technology
My land, my home becoming the world’s largest human laboratory
Resisting this ethnic cleansing is demonised as terrorism
Powers tacitly approve my school being subject to supremacism…
Where my art lessons are conducted with bullets and bombs,
To the nonchalance of blase Arab Uncle Toms.
Welcome to my world, a world where we are forged,
Before we are teenagers to be adults, eventually innards disgorged,
Lifeless in our parks where we should be in play,
Our innocence snatched from us to the world’s display.
Children of Powers enjoy the love of your parents and their boon
For me, inna lillahi, wa inna ilayhi raj’oon*
* “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” (Al-Qur’an, 2:156)