Cloudy Blue

This quarter is brimming with the restless, So we rest in trust and truth, As I profess to you my selfish mess. My solitary thoughts mist in my reach, I try to resist… Continue reading

In Memory of Khaltu Souad

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ Yesterday we lost a beautiful, strong, loving, devout and funny woman, my Aunt Souad. I was blessed to have experienced her hospitality during my visits to Jordan and Syria.… Continue reading

To See Life

What you want is in my blood, another kind. Weeping, I offer peace in my tears. Inflamed, vellicated and distressed by the winters breeze, I convulse and pulse to the darkness my imagination confronts.… Continue reading

In Memory of Harley

October 15, 2000 — October 19, 2015 I love you Harley. I hope you could sense in our good-bye that I will always love and miss you. You were so selfless and devoted to me,… Continue reading

A Vacillation of Despicability

A no good waste, You come with scrutiny at my haste, Telling me my humor is in distaste. You vacillate between what you seem and what you are And I can’t make you out of your two-faced,… Continue reading

Goodbye Damascus

As published on Riwayya: A Space of Collision, November 6, 2015 Ceremonial air is amidst momentary strands of lightning, All too sudden, it tends to resemble a sanctity at bound. It is as… Continue reading

Ode to al-Nakba – A Poem

I was always taught To say Every good-bye, as though it was my last. That’s what I’ve been told. But is that what we deserve? If I glance, it will give me a… Continue reading

First Day of the Syrian Revolution

On the eve of ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation on February 11, 2011, I found myself traveling by car from Amman, Jordan to Damascus, Syria – unknown to me that the Egyptian revolution… Continue reading

One morning, in Syria.

On March 21, 2010, I was on my way to the Damascus airport — packed up and ready to embark an obnoxiously long journey back to the United States. On the way to any airport in… Continue reading

Sometimes a dress is more than a dress

My mother was injured a year and a half ago, when visiting family in Jordan. She was walking down a flight of stairs at my Aunt’s residence, when she accidentally skipped a step. With her feet… Continue reading

Initial Thoughts

It has taken me years to sit down and write this book. Maybe, it has taken too many years. But this story must be told. For too many years, I have felt lost as… Continue reading

Ready to write

My mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, is the leading Palestinian folk artist specializing in fabric and fiber arts in the United States. She is of the Nakba generation, who left Palestine in 1948 — and… Continue reading

Arab Feminist Manifesto

Many people challenge the idea that Arab feminism exists. As though we, Arab females, have no concern or enlightenment about misogyny. No concern over our bodies. Our safety. Our minds. It’s true, our… Continue reading

Meet… tayta

Three years ago today, I wrote this post about interviewing my grandmother, or tayta, in Jordan which she has since passed. In her honor I repost this. In 2003, when I went to the… Continue reading

Common Forms of Headdress in the Middle East

“You went to Dubai? Didn’t you feel oppressed in a burqa?” “Why do Arabs wear burqas in the dessert? Don’t they get hot?” “What am I going to wear when I go to Jordan? I… Continue reading

Precious Moments

This morning, I was walking to my office in the usually noisy and crowded streets of Manhattan — le grind. Before crossing Park Avenue, I noticed a sign that was being used to… Continue reading

Only the Dynamic, Change

It is in the natural course of life that we are introduced to the force which is “change”. We learn that change is not in our control, as much as it is in our… Continue reading

“I had just $100 in my pocket.”

The Quick and Dirty on Syrian Refugees

The Syrian Society for Humanitarian Aid and Development reported today that the number of refugees since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011 has now reached 485,449, with 76,000 missing people and… Continue reading

How to do in War Times

I have purposely avoided posting about the Syrian revolution during the last 21 months. Your thoughts are made up of different stuff than that of analyzing the U.S. foreign policy interests in the… Continue reading