Mariam Darraj is a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a second-generation Palestinian-American, whose background and culture inspires her work. Her work has been previously published in the Hampton Review.
Baba once mentioned how Palestinians were the patient dough of the Taboon. No matter how much we are kneaded, beaten, and stretched beyond our limits, our capacity for hope is supernatural. Taboon, even burnt beyond recognition, is still Taboon.
He wears winter and searches for another land, / Where he will say to the raining clouds, / To sow the sea in a land other than the one we know. / Hope was the last breath of the traveler, / Hope was his land.