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[28 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

– by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Love, I will hunt you down if you leave me.
I will hound you and howl at your feet
until you forgive me for spending nights
with Resentment and Schemes of Retaliation.
They were only flirtations, nothing really.
Even Pain and Jealousy.  Mere trifles
compared with you.
I will seek you out until the end of the earth
and beyond –
I will yield, I will give up bad habits,
I will reexamine my life, and explore my
darkest corners.
For you, Love, I would do …

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[28 Apr 2010 | 15 Comments | ]
Khurasan, The Birthplace of Lions

Alaha Ahrar
In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
O my beloved country Afghanistan
Birthplace of lion-hearted men and brave women
Throughout history you have raised champions
Hundreds in the mold of Mahmud of Ghazni and Abu Muslim,
Faryabi, al-Biruni, and Rumi of Balkh
Your name is tied to theirs for eternity
This is Khurasan, realm of the lions
This freedom-loving nation is the pride of Asia
I bow before your mountain wind; your desert dust is precious
I would not trade a single blade of your green grass for gardens
You have raised me, O beloved country, with your …

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[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Judy Neri
 for Elisabetta
                        It’s like combing the hair
of a young girl. First you have to
catch her, for she suddenly enters
your life, right in the middle of cooking
a dinner, or meeting a lover―you really
don’t have time for her, but there she is,
so you hold her between your knees,
grab a comb and begin to pull it through
those long strands, tangled
from dodge ball and rolling down a grassy
hill. You get one run-through, but still
there are knots, some stubborn,
needing careful combing
so you don’t hurt her, so she doesn’t
push away before you have finished.
You …

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[13 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
The Size of My Family

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Few things have sharpened my thoughts about humans more than being in the middle of a divorce. I’m at: We are smart enough to be conscious of ourselves but not smart enough to comprehend our place in the universe. The universe is 156 billion light years wide. If you can grasp your relationship to that, you are, ahem, light years ahead of me.
Given the universe is Beyond Knowing and Way Too Scary, the human species …