Occupied Senses

By Sa’ed Adel Atshan

Dipping bread, fresh from the oven
Olives, from our garden, pressed to oil
Biting goat cheese
And chilled watermelon
Red, White, Green, and Black
Palestinian evening
On the balcony
Watching the sun set
As the minaret’s azan fills the air
Calling people to prayer
Jerusalem is so close
Yet so far
We can see
We can hear
We can taste
When can we touch?

Sa’ed Adel Atshan is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University