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People with Green Hearts

People with green hearts Don’t ever expect to be stabbed from the back By a hand that once shook theirs

Green heart
Special thanks always to Uprooted Palestinians


Arabic poem,
Author unknown,
Translated and illustrated by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

People with green hearts

The colour of trees is the colour of their hearts

Their dreams… water pure

Their imagination… sky wide

They are capable of infinite forgiveness

Have the ability to bathe in optimism

And to wash themselves in dreams to the very last drop

 People with green hearts

 Don’t ever expect to be stabbed from the back

By a hand that once shook theirs

 Their days and seasons are works of art painted with hope

 They don’t learn easily from their mistakes

 Instead, they keep repeating them like a child’s bad habits


 They offer hearts around them infinite trust

They're incapable of seeing the colour black in existence

 People with green hearts

Come intimately near to those who pass them by in life,

So much so that they are glued to them

They cling to the minute details

Ever trusting of those around

 Creative in finding excuses to the faults of others 

 People with green hearts

Cling onto beginnings like mad

Reject endings fiercely

They can’t comprehend separation

They trick reality with a dream

The dream with an illusion

On the map of hope, they occupy vast areas

People with green hearts

 Don’t recognise mistrust or deception

Nor do they cause others to taste portrayal 

They start with purity

 And end up with faithfulness

 Longing steals much of their time

 They keep loyal to their tales until death

Yesterday has immense reverence in their lives

 People with green hearts

 Play the role of peace doves

 Spreading love on earth

Help in building abodes of joy

They hasten to mend the broken hearts

 And talk with the voice of affection

About love and dreams

They make you feel that it’s them

Who invented the colour “white” in this universe

 People with green hearts

Hold fast to childhood, despite the passing of years

Their hearts forever young

Their souls never grow old, nor become polluted 

Their faces reflects babyhood innocence

And their eyes mirrors truthfully their essence

They’re not good at hiding, or deceiving

And fail miserably in wearing masks

 People with green hearts

 Never fail you when you need them

 They are the first to cover your needs

 When feeling overwhelmed;

They are the first thing that you lay your eyes upon

The first who come to your rescue when drowned in sorrow 

When you are suffocated they’d give you their breath

They’d make their lives a life ring thrown to you

 People with green hearts

 When they love, they love passionately 

When they are faithful, they are faithful passionately

 When they get a shock, the get a shock passionately

 And when they are broken, they are broken passionately

 When they give, they give passionately

And when they cry, they cry passionately

 If you find yourself embraced

 By one of those with green hearts

Cling onto them… passionately

 As they are a rare treasure

 In times of colour-shifting hearts 


“To smile when confronted with the most severe oppression, is an act of Resistance rooted in unparalleled beauty.”

~ Jonathan Azaziah

"And I, a Palestinian from occupied Palestine, refuse to share

my homeland with Zionist colonizers"

 ~ Reham Alhelsi

"Facts" do NOT need laws to enforce, validate or defend them, what they require is research to examine their narrative and correct it for better accuracy and understanding.

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest.”

Special thanks to Uprooted Palestinians


Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothes. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.

She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian.When she did it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles, and Palestine the True Story.

Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine.

If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of learning more about Palestine, you can visit Nahida's blog Poetry for Palestine for more of her writings; prose, poems, letters and dialogues.

You can write to Nahida :




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