As Lebanon Dies

By D.H. Melhem (1925-2013)

my background is Lebanese
and peaceful, I said
proud of redundancy
grandmother beirut
grandfather damascus
my father tripoli
on the clear coast, a boy
diving for sea urchins
now the tides cast
their dead blossoms
to sprawl at the roots of cedars
whose ancient tongues
weep fire in the sun

The above poem is taken from Judith Gabriel's review for of D.H. Melhem's "New York Poems."  The collection includes a revisitation of another tragic zone, that of her ancestral homeland (“New York Times, August 15, 1976, "As Lebanon Dies.”)
The review, 'Embattled, Gallant, Enduring,' New York's Mean Streets," appeared in Al Jadid Vol.12, issue nos. 54/55, Winter/Spring 2006.

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