(n.) A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the grief for the lost places of your past.
The Israeli-Palestinian region has been in a constant state of turmoil since the inception of the Israeli State in 1948. Millions have been displaced, thousands murdered and hundreds continue to die at the borders every day. In this particular poem, I alternate between the Palestinian and Israeli points of view to shed light on their common grief. 

No matter that our sun rises
On barbed wire and concrete walls
                                                                                No matter that our sun rose
                                                                                On Aushwitz gates and burnished names
No matter that our religion equals
identity at checkpoints
                                                                                No matter that our religion equaled
                                                                                identity at Borders
No matter that in seventy years of settlements
Home has disappeared
                                                                                No matter that for hundreds before the seventy
                                                                                Home was just a word
No matter that my grandfather
was shot in Jerusalem
                                                                                No matter that my grandmother
                                                                                never reached Jerusalem
No matter that raining bullets
don’t pick sides
                                                                                No matter that all our wounded
                                                                                bleed red bright
No matter what we’ve lost                                       
                                                                                You and I are the same.

Tanisha Tekriwal

Tanisha Tekriwal is a reading and writing enthusiast. She is a student at Welham Girls' School, India and is the Editor-in-Chief of her school's literary magazine, the Chrysalis. Tanisha is also on the Editorial Boards of three other publications of her school. Tanisha enjoys art, music and literature and is passionate about history and politics as well.