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The Kite at the Bedside of Peace...

Apologies, as this is not about KAP, and, heavens, it's even an image created with a drone, but the story behind this image strikes me as intriguing enough to be shared here. A few weeks ago, a friend called to inquire if I owned a white kite and if I'd be willing to fly it so she could capture it with a drone.
Why not? The purpose was to illustrate a poem written by Refaat Alareer ( &, a Palestinian poet tragically shot on December 7, 2023, a few weeks after this poem was published.
There's no political motive on my part, merely a white kite in the sky symbolizing hope, freedom, and peace, soaring above earthly strife.

If I must die,
you must live
to tell my story
to sell my things
to buy a piece of cloth
and some strings,
(make it white with a long tail)
so that a child, somewhere in Gaza
while looking heaven in the eye
awaiting his dad who left in a blaze–
and bid no one farewell
not even to his flesh
not even to himself–
sees the kite, my kite you made, flying up above
and thinks for a moment an angel is there
bringing back love
If I must die
let it bring hope
let it be a tale


  • Beautiful, and totally appropriate! That is part of why many of us KAP, for the peace that flying a kite brings. A bonus is the joy and wonder of those who observe us walking by with a kite in the air, as Peter VanErkel so aptly observed in his most recent post.

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