POETIC IN JUSTICE- #poetry by jay

This is a cropped part of a painting I hope to finish one day. It is a mixed media collage and it is on a large piece of plywood. The painting is an expression of the pain of occupation, oppression and turmoil in Palestine; and being part of a family from the larger diaspora, feeling a sense of deep sadness and dismay about the current situation rocking our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem and Gaza today.

Admittedly, The pic is not so great, but I hope you get an idea of it.

And this image below, is a close-up of a piece of poetry, by an unknown Palestinian author, interspersed amongst some of my own poetry (and others) attached to this collage…to this day unfinished but I am hopeful…as I am, for the future of Palestine.



I have coupled it here with some poetry I wrote. I wrote this a long time ago, but after revisiting it, it is exactly how I feel today, with all this chaos in our world. 


Climb this ladder into the night

Gazing from up high

down below

turmoil under the stars

the worlds’ picture show.

Leave it for now

in the lens of escape

the fracture upon

the collective landscape.

Bask in the comfort of

peaceful black softness

resting the mind’s eye

weary from exhaustion.


© [Jay Mora- Shihadeh] and [artistfromtheinsideout.wordpress.com], original [2012], and (revised 2021). Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jay Mora- Shihadeh] and [artistfromtheinsideout.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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  1. I enjoy the artwork as a whole. I feel the pain and clash within the colors, the agony in the poem excerpt woven in among the painted story, and the need to step away for brief respite in your weary but reaching for the future poem.
    Thank you for sharing your words!

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