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The First Time


The first thing I wanted to do, when they dropped the bombs on Gaza, was to meet Arabs
The first thing I wanted to do, when they dropped the bombs on Gaza, was to say “Salaam”
The first thing I wanted to do, when they dropped the bombs on Gaza, was to know my “enemy”
The first thing I wanted to do, when they dropped the bombs on Gaza, was to call them “brothers”

Because the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that, for so long, I’ve been sitting in silence
Because the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that I was once a soldier, too
Because the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that I have killed my brother’s children
Because the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that there’s no god to forgive me

The first thing that I would learn was that nobody loves a traitor
The first thing that I would learn was that I must comply and must obey
The first thing that I would learn was that some children have mothers and other children have no names
The first thing that I would learn was that I’m not allowed to love those children

The first thing that I would hate would be myself
The first thing that I would hate would be my family
The first thing that I would hate would be my government
The first thing that I would hate would be my land

The first time I open my heart, would be to strangers
The first time I open my mind, would be to others
The first time I open my eyes, would be to war
This will be the first time I make peace

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