"If I Must Die" – a poem by Refaat Alareer
Refaat Alareer was killed this week by Israeli forces. We share his poem.
If I must die,
you must live
to tell my story
to sell my things
to buy a piece of cloth
and some strings,
(make it white with a long tail)
so that a child, somewhere in Gaza
while looking heaven in the eye
awaiting his dad who left in a blaze—
and bid no one farewell
not even to his flesh
not even to himself—
sees the kite, my kite you made, flying up
and thinks for a moment an angel is there
bringing back love
If I must die
let it bring hope
let it be a tale
In a DM exchange with Refaat in October, Katie asked “Is there anything we can do from over here?” He responded, “Thank you for offering. More pressure on the media. More coverage. More Palestinian voices. More protests. Hopefully, Israel is curbed.”
Watch our full interview with Refaat here, in which he bravely spoke out from Gaza while sheltering 15 children in his apartment.
Keep sharing his message, keep exposing the truth.
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