Life Through Her Eyes 4

                          Does It Scare You? 

Does it scare you when I smile despite my pain? 

Does it scare you that I'm living while surviving you? 

Does it scare you to be an inspiration for revolutionary art? 

They say the dog that bites is a dog that is scared 

The calmest wolf is the one hunting 

And with my smile and laughter I'll haunt you! 

With my jokes I will strip your power away from you 

And just like a cigarette, I'll burn your insides with my poetry 

It is known, my existence threatens you 

It is known, my resilience despairs you 

It is known, my power is agonizing to you 

But I want to hear you say it 

It's not enough to see it in your dull eyes 

Or hear it in your trembling voice 

Say it! Admit it! 

We teach life and living and love despite your horrors.

About the Author

Rand Sayej is a 26-year-old Palestinian. She is the youngest of four children; she finished her undergraduate studies at Bir Zeit University, Ramallah, Palestine. During her university years, Rand grew interested in the humanitarian structure and the Palestinian cause from a humanitarian point of view. Through volunteering and networking, Rand received many pieces of training in crisis management and emergency navigation, as well as humanitarian structure, signature, and localization, allowing her to employ her knowledge in her career and as a volunteer with many local and international humanitarian organizations. Her art and writings bear witness to a lived human experience through pen and brush. She is captivated by sunsets and Palestinian beauty.