PALESTINE — Favoritism is a poem written by Afnan, an alum of the YaLa Citizen Journalism Program.
I’m the child who is spending her
Whole life catching stupid butterflies
I remember when the teacher asked me
What I want to be in the future, I answered
A great Manager! Then, I noticed the innocent laughter of children
However, that happened in the distant past
I’ve realized that my teacher was lying to me
In this unjustness world, how could he be honest with me?
Of course, I’ve finished my higher education!
But I have faced a big surprise, When
I was carrying my CV, and entering the road
Which is filled with stones, I saw the manager
And he was a very wise man because when
I came out from his room, he employed his beloved nephew.
When the manager refused to hire me because I didn’t have any
favoritism that makes me an important figure in the community
Then, I felt that the hungry Ghosts fellow me up!
So, what about the childhood’s dreams? Does it mean
That I will not be a great judgment manager?
All of this happened to me just because there
Is a one have a special family and
They gave him what is he wants? They just such as
The lord who is blessing the people who love them
And he blesses them just because they have
A great name which makes them controlling all the world
Or it’s maybe such as a race between two
Different ethnics have a permanent conflict
Yes, it’s maybe the same conflict between white and black people.
When all the doors become closed in your face
When who rules sees it a need for who doesn’t need.
Should I be silent and be hidden?
From the whole society! Without even testing a little
Piece of meat for five or six weeks? Is it
Fair enough when you see a man burying himself
Because he didn’t find a help that
Makes him breath. I can see it in Gaza and I
Can see it in everyone’s eyes and in who
Is living and suffering in poor countries
It’s not a personal problem
It’s an everyone’s besides us problem,
Yes, we are the victims of the favoritism
It touches us, the young generation. That’s mean me
And you, he and she.
You can’t stop the o’clock of moving
but you can make a power by our own
voice in few hours, some nations did it and we
will do it. whatever happened in the
past we have many things to calm yourself
and forget all missed opportunities… work hard
on yourself, be the best just because
you are the one who made himself with himself
Here is you, you made yourself with your own effort
The society cannot be changed before changing yourself
If they don’t start with themselves, not
because someone who has a royal
family he will be better than you? you have
your own life your own thoughts that makes you special
for the whole world.
A curtain which covered the hearts of people
They didn’t discern the right thing from the wrong
the thing anymore, they didn’t see the
Creativity in the youth eyes, they think just
how they can have got money from anywhere
they forbade all lighting brains from all chances
they didn’t inestimable the youth capabilities
this what makes any country be under the whole world
Officials who responsible about unemployed work
The made all youth dreams fell from the heaven
to the deep of the earth and they just broke everyone’s dream…
youth people were filled with despair now
no one can protect them except their strong voice
no one can protect them except their childhood dreams…
The one who was frustrating in the beginning
she worked hard on herself and make it
as a challenging thing for her and for the others
she has now his childhood job dream
yes, the child who was in an elementary school
she is now a great manager as she said
now no one can prevent her
from stop dreaming because she prevents
them from hurting her and dispersing her
she was saying for herself is want to succeed
work hard don’t give up whatever is happened around me
this is the way which all people should walk in it
don’t let any selfish person stop you because you are
weak, you are not … you are the bright star in the world.
I’m the writer, who have a piece of advice for those who are reading
First; don’t forget to imagine your dreams in your mind
Second; make it real to prove to yourself that you can do everything
And the last thing be creative to make everyone believes in your talent
Never mind who I’m I, just take a deep breath and think of the words
Think of it as real thing that all humanity suffers from it
Think of it as a big bag of dreams and someone came and burn it
Does it really effect on you now? Do you feel in it?
That’s what I want to feel in it!
Do you remember the butterflies at the beginning?
Yes, if leave it without any food it will die
The same as your dreams will die if you abandon it
So, don’t get away the butterflies from you hand …