The following poem has been translated from the Arabic, found below.
Two days in Haifa
My wish is to live for two days in Haifa, taking with me only a pen and paper and some songs to let my beloved Haifa listen to
Two days only, leave me there, me and the beautiful Haifa to exchange stories, to whisper with her in the night
Leave me there to search for the secret to her beauty and the charm of the heaven of all heavens, fallen to the earth, peering over from between the trees at the garden of Baha’i
My eyes follow the convoys of ships as they dance on the port of Haifa, to the joyful songs I brought with me, but at other times they tend towards grief
Let me describe to you the Mount Carmel, stretching along the coast, encircling the small waist of Haifa, her trees have come back to life, after the fire of the wick that burnt them
Leave me there, me and the captive Haifa, to wipe her tears which fall once in a while, to gather her wounds that bleed, perhaps when she sees me, she will confide in me the reasons for her sorrow buried inside
Let me dream, Haifa and I, of a mighty soldier, with great strong muscles and a high forehead, perhaps renew the era of Salah Al-Deen
Let me rock her to sleep and sing her a lullaby, sleep so she can unload the weight on her shoulders, the weight she has carried for decades,
Please, I beg you, speak quietly when you tell me that these two days have come to an end, that the time to leave is approaching fast, my beloved has not tasted the thrill of sleeping for decades, she is tired from laughing at the stories of her sisters Tulkarem, Nablis and Jenin
Whispers in my ears, as I gently move my hand from under her heavy head, and run my fingers between the tufts of her long hair
Leave me, just for a moment to say goodbye to my beloved Haifa and plant a kiss on her forehead,
With this kiss comes a promise of another visit to the bride of the ocean and the mountains of Galilee
Believe me, this journey of two days has is not enough for me and my beloved.
By Khitam Jameel, West Bank, Palestine