If I must die, let it be a tale

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.

An inspiring poem by the academic, poet, and friend, Rafat Al-Ar’ir, who was martyred in a treacherous Zionist bombardment in Gaza City on December 7, 2023, during the Zionist war on the Gaza Strip. Rafat, born in Gaza, earned his PhD in English Literature from Putra University in Malaysia in 2017. He was a professor of English Literature at the Islamic University in Gaza.