A Long Night ليل طويلA Poem by Rhonda
A Long Night ليل طويل
I watched a show that I recorded yesterday
I waited for this episode to come on for along time
I watched a little bit of the epidode about two months ago, but not the whole thing
What was it?
It was Anthony Bourdain in Beirut, Lebanon
They played this episode rarely
What was the goal of the show?
To make it a happy travel show
The bombing of Beirut
When did it happen?
2006; four years ago
Israel and Lebanon had a war for fifteen years
Beirut just finished making the city spectacular again in 2006
Anthony just so happened to be there when Israel bombed Beirut
He was trapped in a hotel for more than a week
This was the worst bombing Lebanon has ever had
It all started with the airport
They bombed it first
Anthony knew he couldn't go home to his friends and family in the USA
Him and his camera crew people had to wait for more than a week to go on a boat back to America
Some of the people that wanted to evacuate got a chance to get on the boat
The faces of the people on the boat and off the boat were sad
They were crying
The bombing impacted them
Why do I like Lebanon so much?
I got into Arabic music and culture in January 2009
I became a huge fan of a woman born and raised in Beirut named Nancy Ajram
I've met Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Mroccan, Algerian, and Iranian people on her official fan forum
They're nice people
They made me realize what all those countries are about
They're about good things
I want to go to all of those countries
Last night, I cried
I didn't know why
I was playing Nancy's music
It makes me feel better when I'm sad
It made me cry more though
"Why was I crying?" I kept asking myself in my head
I soon found out why
I thought about it and maybe it was because of that show I watched
It showed pctures of the people crying
It showed newspaper headlines saying "War Strikes Lebanon Once Again"
It showed bombing from far away
I was crying because of that and all of the things that happened to me involving Arabic stuff
It may not mean that much to you, but it does to me
I can't explain all of it because it's hard to explain
I texted my friend to get all of this stuff out of my chest
I thank her for being there
R.I.P to all of the lives lost in the bombing
Long Live Lebanon!
March 2, 2010
شاهدت تبين أن سجلت أمس الأول
© 2010 Rhonda
AboutI'm 13. I love to write and I love Arabic music and culture. No, my avatar is not a photo of me! It's a photo of my favorite singer, Nancy Ajram! Yes, I am American! more..
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