"A Little Piece of Ground"

Poetry E.A.

Poem One; Published

Curfew


What else could we do, for the doors were guarded,

What else could we do, for they had imprisioned us,

What else could we do, for the streets were forbidden us,

What else could we do, for the town was asleep?

What else could we do, for she hungered and thirsted,

What else could we do, for we were defenceless,

What else could we do, for night had descended,

What else could we do, for we were in love?


-Paul Eluard

Poem Two; Published

"Palestine shall overcome,

Palestine shall be free...

Jerusalem shall be ours again.

Together we shall walk it's alleyways,

And we will smell it's scented air.

Soon we will pray under

Al Aqsa's dome,

When we overcome...

Palestine shall overcome."


-Revolutionary Islam

Poem Three; Published

Four Feet in Heaven


Your favorite chair

Is vacant now...

No eager purrs to greet me.

No softly padded paws to run

Ecstatically to meet me.


No coaxing rubs

Nor plaintive cry

Will say it's time for feeding.

I've put away your bowl,

And all the things

You won't be needing;


But I will miss you little friend.

For I could never measure

The happiness you brought me,

The comfort and the pleasure.


And since god put you

Here to share

In earthly joy and sorrow;

I'm sure there'll be

A place for you in

Heaven's bright tomorrow!


-Alice E. Chase

Poem Four; Unpublished

Bravery


I run for the car (a) - rhyme scheme, throughout the whole poem

My heart races (b)

I could be put behind bars (a)

With the countless chases (b)

I jump in the car for safety (c) -stanza


I pray that they didn't see me

I wasn't stealthy like a mouse - simile

There was no food that I could see

This is when I wish I was in my house

Apparently I'm staying for the night


When I wake up early

I see the kittens playing

Before I saw them I was surly

And I realized I would be staying

I would be staying in the car for safety


I peek out to take a look

And the gun stares at me from 50 feet away -personification

Soldiers are hiding in a nook

I am afraid I might just stay and decay

Apparently I'm staying for the night - repetition

Poem Five; Unpublished

Happy

Outstanding

Palestine

Plays soccer

Excited

Rambunctious

Explanation One; Published

This poem relates to my novel because curfew is a constant struggle for the characters. A line from the poem to show this is, "What else could we do, for the streets were forbidden us,". The line from the novel that related to this line from the poem is, "'Mamnou'a al tajwwol!' a loud speaker suddenly burst out. 'Being outside is forbidden!'"(page 159, Elizabeth Baird). This line from the poem stands out in relation to the novel because in most of the book they can't go outside because of the Israelites.

Explanation Two; Published

This poem relates to my novel because it is about when Palestine will be free. A quote from the poem is, "Palestine shall be free...". On page 179 of A Little Piece of Ground there is a line that also talks about free Palestine and it goes like this, " To live in an ordinary life in an ordinary country. In free Palestine." These two quotes relate because they are talking about something in the future, when Plaestine is free.

Explanation Three; Published

This poem relates to my novel because it describes when a cat dies, in the novels case Ginger. One line from the poem to show this is, "No eager purrs to greet me." A quote from the book is, "He's dead, Karim. The tank ran him over. It crushed him." This quote shows how the cat died and it relates to the poem because both cats died and were loved.

Explanation Four; Unpublished

This poem relates to my book because it describes when Karim was in the car while being out past curfew. A line from the poem is, "I jump in the car for safety". And a quote from the book is, "With one last desperate wriggle, he forced his way in and collapsed at last onto the drivers seat"( page 168, Laird). This two poems relate becaus ether both show when Karim got in the car for safety from the isrealites.

Explanation Five; Unpublished

This poem relates to my book because it is about one of the characters, Hopper. One of the lines from the poem is, "Plays soccer." And a line from the book is, "He was bouncing it off his knees and catching it again"(page 28, Laird). Both of these lines represent Hopper playing soccer and that is one of the adjectives that describes him.