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The Key

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Poem
By Marwa Elnaggar
Writer
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At the bottom of a drawer, it waits. It grows old, it grows old Passing from hand to hand From gnarled hands that unfold Faded cloth to unveil history To destined hands of grandchildren, The generation in between lost Lies waiting Under the earth.
Palestinian Key
It waits at the bottom of a trunk
At the bottom of a drawer, it waits.
It grows old, it grows old
Passing from hand to hand
From gnarled hands that unfold
Faded cloth to unveil history
To destined hands of grandchildren,
The generation in between lost
Lies waiting
Under the earth.


Different foods, different smells
Waft through distant kitchens
The walls of the houses are hearing
Different words, different laughter.
The joys and sorrows are unlike
Those of old that lie waiting
Behind memories.


Just for now lives lived
In just for now houses
Stay warm with inherited stories.
The dreams of old grow cold

As just for now turns from weeks
To months to years
And a century of just for now
Lies waiting
Around the corner of history books.


Different hands open the windows every morning
Different feet walk upon the floors
Different eyes look out on the horizon
In the distance.


In the distance, eyes that have grown old
With waiting, gaze back,
Seeing beyond the borders
Beyond the distance
Beyond the history,
Windows and kitchens and floors
That once were familiar,
Seeing the doors of Palestine
Waiting
For the old familiar keys.

© Marwa Elnaggar 2008

Marwa Elnaggar is a writer, a poet, and a former consultant to both IslamOnline.net and one of its projects, the Reading Islam website (www.readingislam.com). She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and the US. She holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo. She has been studying Islam in Cairo, Egypt for the past eight years and currently teaches Qur'an on a volunteer basis. You can contact her or sign up to receive her articles at marwa[dot]writing[at]gmail[dot]com.

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