Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

ahmad had those
wildly intense
eyes that
would stare through you
as he spoke and
would light up
every now and then
as he listened and
would drive me crazy
does he want from me?


i remember ahmad
he returned from prison
to ya‘bad
and his grandmother
ululated in jubilation
danced in happiness
served coffee to share
her happiness


and it was ahmad
who took me around the village
when i came on
mundane visit
to see all houses
demolished or sealed
in town
recording a history
of occupation


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How to cite this article:

Joost Hiltermann "A Bullet, A Lie," Middle East Report 157 (March/April 1989).