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Qalqilya

June 1, 2011

by Khadija Anderson

beautiful old land
an oasis surrounded
by the
security wall
a single gate
to protect us from
ourselves
we are so precious they
only open it
twice
a day


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Khadija Anderson returned in 2008 to her native Los Angeles after 18 years exile in Seattle. Khadija’s poetry has been published in print and online extensively and her poem “Islam for Americans” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. Khadija holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

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  1. June 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    That is one sharp and powerful poem.

  2. Ann
    June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    good choice for starters!

  3. Tony Press
    June 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful – thank you. This one is a keeper.

  4. Seamus
    June 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Powerful, brief, complex. Great opener to the topic of this issue.

  5. Barbara LaMorticella
    June 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Yes.

  6. Lois P. Jones
    September 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Khadija, terrific poem. Lois

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