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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.