Don’t date an Arab girl for she carries the Middle East on her shoulders Every war and every invasion pushes her to tears she fights back to replace with a brave face for her brothers and sisters; starving, homeless and grieving.Don’t date an Arab girl, she inspires revolutions with her passion and her protest She will come home late because she stays amongst the dissenters until she can feel the winds of change.
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Don’t date an Arab girl, you will too often hear her sigh in longing for the sound of the Muezzin in the morning, the taste of ‘real’ olives, the smell of freshly baked bread and for the feel of the sun’s rays to beat gently on the nape of her neck in the late afternoon.
Do date her because you believe in her struggle, when you can match her passion and feel her pain.
The Euphrates, the Jordan and the Nile run through her veins.
The spirit of Cairo, Algiers and the West Bank satiate her heart.
Make a clear decision to dismiss the threat, back down fully or leave then own that choice fully.
Visible fear or vacillation is like waving a red rag at a bull.
Date her because you can hold her as she wavers under the load she carries when the strength of her mothers’ does not suffice For a moment.
This poem was inspired by the Arab women I know and the Arab women I don’t know but still look up to.
Don’t fret, the Arab girl is protected from the cold by the Kaffieh around her neck; she is the one sharing her last droplets of water to quench the parched mouths, dried shouting for freedom in the midday sun.