I Am …

I am you. I am I.
I am the happy, and the sad.
I am the rich, and the poor.
I am the cold, and the heat.
I am the tingling wind, and the drop of sweat.
I am a cup of coffee, and a cigarette.
I am Twitter, and Facebook.
I am the bored, and the excited.
I am the sip of bitter coffee you drink in the morning, and the butter jam toast you have with it.
I am the cool orange juice, and the biscuits you snack on.
I am excitement, and boredom.
I am tears, and smiles.
I am nothing, and everything at the same time.
I am sweet like honey, and sour like lime.
I am an expired can of beans, and a bottle of ketchup.
I am the sun, and the moon.
I am the sunray that penetrates your room every morning, and the tweeting birds.
I am a broken heart, and a fulfilled promise.
I am the oppressed, and the detained.
I am a Muslim, and a peaceful mind.
I am peace, and war.
I am Israel, and the US.
I am the sea, and the flotilla.
I am the children, and those in need.
I am Palestine, and the Middle East.
I am moan, and the sigh.
I am a picture, and a video.
I am music, and lyrics.
I am Gaza, and the siege.
I am the falsely open Rafah border, and the travellers.
I am the power cut, and the dirty tap water.
I am the expensive goods, and the low salaries.
I am Fatah, and Hamas.
I am Iraq, and Afghanistan.
I am the torn-into-halves Sudan, and Libya.
I am wealth, and poverty.
I am the rain, and London.
I am wondering what to write now, and you are confused.
I am Unemployed, and canโ€™t find a job just like half of the people here.
I am the activist, and the protestor.
I am a boycotter, and a demonstrator.
I am anonymous, and the well known.
I am a fisherman, and a fishnet.
I am the cuddling of a couple, and the grudge between enemies.
I am now blank, and you will think I am crazy.

Nader K

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About Nader Elkhuzundar

Nader Elkhuzundar is a commentator on Palestinian affairs and Co-founder of Beyond Compromise (www.beyondcompromise.com). Elkhuzundar occasionally freelances for The Guardian, International Business Times, and others. He's a social media enthusiast and tech savvy with particular interest in new technologies and analytics, and enjoys reading over Arabic coffee and dark chocolate.
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18 Responses to I Am …

  1. sajida smiles says:

    Perfect, well said exactly! I like this one a lot its just you….! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Manar says:

    If I had come across this poem anywhere, it would have made me think of you Nader.. All these “contradictions” make you who are and you should embrace them as much as you can ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved the poem and enjoyed every verse… Keep it up!
    Wish you all the best,
    Manar

  3. Somaya K says:

    I am.. amazed. Love it Nader ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Reham says:

    I am Impressed by your blog ^_^

  5. Dr_Sarsora says:

    This is really nice..love it kteer… you make cry with your last words !_!
    inchallah everything would be fine.. allah yewaf2ak ya rab…..ameen

    my best wishes

  6. Omari says:

    pretty nice and 7loo, but you confused me idk if you mean to jump or here and there but as i said confusing and sometimes charming..
    good job “Gazillion” ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Michelle says:

    Love it Nader!!!

  8. 48Refugee says:

    Beautiful and insightful. A great look into what you think about and how you feel

  9. Yusuf Akhalwaya says:

    Amazing poem, well written

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