Noor Hindi reads "Why Is Your Grandmother's Name Jihad?"

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Noor Hindi reads "Why Is Your Grandmother's Name Jihad?"

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Because there is gun powder / coursing through her blood / the sound
of bombs against buildings once put her to sleep / a lullaby of missiles
hitting bodies. Because she was born ten days before the 1946 Arab
Israeli War & her mother’s / thirst / during that hijra is enough
to make my tongue swell & yellow. Because she was unnamed / among
700,000 refugees / & the weight of desperation on her mother’s
shoulders was sometimes heavier / than love. Because my
great-grandfather spent twenty-five days searching amongst the rubble
for my great-aunt / found her 18-month-old body in the warm hands
of a Christian couple. I would like to believe / in a world where people
comfort children / that are not their own. I would like to believe in a world
in which you can find humanity / in war.

Because there is gun powder / coursing through her blood / the sound
of bombs against buildings once put her to sleep / a lullaby of missiles
hitting bodies. Because she was born ten days before the 1946 Arab
Israeli War & her mother’s / thirst / during that hijra is enough
to make my tongue swell & yellow. Because she was unnamed / among
700,000 refugees / & the weight of desperation on her mother’s
shoulders was sometimes heavier / than love. Because my
great-grandfather spent twenty-five days searching amongst the rubble
for my great-aunt / found her 18-month-old body in the warm hands
of a Christian couple. I would like to believe / in a world where people
comfort children / that are not their own. I would like to believe in a world
in which you can find humanity / in war.

Noor Hindi is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry through the NEOMFA program. Her micro-chapbook Diary of a Filthy Woman is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press in 2018. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jet Fuel Review, Diode Poetry, Whiskey Island Magazine, Glass Poetry, and Foundry. She writes for The Devil Strip Magazine. Check out her poetry blog at nervouspoodlepoetry.com