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cloudy morning-
a kite flies higher
than its string

Rita Odeh



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Buds of Dream
(2006-2014)
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Third Haiku Book

Under Fallen Leaves, The Butterfly
2015
Rita Odeh









Monday, February 25, 2013

The Sunflower







The Sunflower


The Sunflower

cricket song-
the full moon with
a gray halo

I live in a small Arab town called Nazareth. My first encounter with my closed, traditional society was when I declared that I was going to study in Haifa University. The second was when I took a driving license. The third was when I married a Muslim whom I met in the university and decided that he was my life partner. Mixed marriages are not accepted in my society. We married despite the strong storm which blew against us.
The forth was when I decided that I want to publish my writings in a local newspaper and later in a book. Everybody asked me:”Why do you want to write..!" The question repeated itself in different versions. I replied: “For the same reason which made Nezar Kabana, the famous Arab poet, write."

A tongue that
cannot say: NO!
isn't a tongue
of a human being.

My first book was my first cry against darkness.I called it: "a Revolution against Silence". People regarded my writing as an act of exposing the hidden, the dark and the unsaid. They thought that I disobeyed traditions, thus, I betrayed my own society.

turquoise sky-
the sunflower turns
towards dawn

I started teaching English and Creative Writing in a high school in Nazareth. One of my female pupils came to me with my book in her hands. Her face turned towards the sun while saying:"I am proud of you teacher.You said what we don’t dare to say!".




Sharing with: poetryjaam
Prompt:Logical Non Sequitur







18 comments:

  1. That's wonderful, Rita! Thank you for sharing some proud and courageous moments of your life :)

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  2. Every time I see you come to visit, I do smell flowers .
    Thanks for your encouraging comments.
    If you have facebook, please add me: @ritaodehnazareth
    Much love, Rita!

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    1. Thank you for the invitation, Rita. I'm not on Facebook, but I will definitely keep in touch through your blog! Love, Loredana :)

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  4. and that is what we do isnt it...say what others are unwilling to say...and hopefully inspire the next generation to do the same until all voices rise....very cool write....

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    2. I am humbly flattered by your feedback and evaluation, Brian. Thank you.

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  5. Impressive! I like the way you combined prose and poetry here. And you do have an impressive resume! I hope you will continue to share here at Poetry Jam! I look forward to seeing more of what you write.

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    1. I am humbly flattered by your evaluation peggy.
      I will do my best to continue to share at Poetry Jam.Thank you.

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  6. turquoise sky-
    the sunflower turns
    towards dawn

    Loved these lines certainly felt the hope

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    1. I am glad that you liked my hokku.
      There is HOPE for every nation: Our LORD Jesus.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to encourage me.

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  7. I am glad that more and more there seems to be a revolution against sadness. There is no greater compliment for a teacher than to know that she is making her students proud. Bravo!

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    1. I am glad that you join my revolution against sadness.
      Thanks for your feedback, Mary.

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  8. You are the sunflower turning towards the dawn.Keeping looking at that turquoise sky..your writing is very important. Looking forward to more.

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  9. Yes, Cressida. We are the sunflowers of this world. Thanks for your visit and encouraging feedback

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  10. Gorgeous... I especially like the first one.

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  11. Lovely. The first one gets my vote.

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  12. Congratulations on all your successes! And I love the turquoise sky--sunflowers look so beautiful against it :-)

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