“This can still happen anywhere. Not everything is lost,” writes Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. She narrates a beautiful story which cuts through all divides and reflects a picture of a better world without any prejudices and bias. The story was recently re-published on the facebook page ‘berlin- artparasites’ and has been going viral on social media for all the right reasons.
At the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, Nye heard an announcement calling for someone who knows Arabic. On rushing to Gate A-4, also the title of her original post, she discovered a Palestinian woman crying because she thought her flight to South-west had been cancelled. Nye comforted her, first with the sound of a known language and then by informing her that it had only been delayed. What followed next will touch the chords with many.
She made the Palestinian woman talk to her sons to inform about the flight and then the poet’s father and a couple of her poet friends who chatted with her in Arabic for hours. Overwhelmed “She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—and was offering them to all the women at the gate”.
“And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and I thought, This is the world I want to live in. The shared world. Not a single person in that gate—once the crying of confusion stopped—seemed apprehensive about any other person,” she writes.
Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. She writes her experiences through the eyes of an Arab- American.
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