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My Father

My father...
You are a unique flower
This is how I keep you
In my heart forever
Until the sunset waves goodbye
My father...
You dwell now in the heart of Jesus Christ
Since with your strongest faith and blissful honor
You pleased our Lord, Jesus Christ, who
Visited your humble radiant home
In the middle of a calm night
And hugged your ardent soul
With an eternal blessing..
Your beautiful memory, my father, and
Your beautiful poetry will linger
Over Palestinian heights, your homeland,
And shine passionately forever.

This poetry was composed and translated to English and Spanish by his two daughters:
Suheila Zeidan and Nadia Shahwan in the memory of their father, Panayot Zeidan, who was
known as the poet of Palestine. He lived in Aruba for over twenty years working and
studying philosophy. He was a member in the Palestinian Book League, he worked as a
language teacher in addition to his small business as a merchant, and he composed
bounteous poetry that bloomed from his kernel with a great love for his country, Palestine.

Mi padre... 
Usted es una flor única, 
esto es cómo mantenerle en mi corazón para siempre, 
hasta que despide de la puesta del sol. 
Mi padre... 
Usted detenerme ahora en el corazón de Jesucristo, 
desde su fe más fuerte y dichosos honor; 
complace nuestro Señor, Jesucristo, 
que visitó su humilde casa radiante, 
en medio de una noche tranquila 
y abrazó a su alma ardiente 
con una eterna blessing… 
Su memoria hermosa, mi padre 
y su poesía hermosa se 
persistir en alturas de palestinas, su patria 
y brillan apasionadamente para siempre.

Copyright © Nadia Shahwan | Year Posted 2009


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  1. Date: 4/16/2012 11:51:00 AM

    'You dwell now in the heart of Jesus Christ' Love this metaphor of the Love which is our Spirit Father himself, Nadia. Beautiful poetry. Thanks for your visit. Agape, Moses
  1. Date: 11/25/2011 6:40:00 PM

    Very touching, beautiful write...Kelli
  1. Date: 11/27/2009 1:19:00 AM

    Impressing writing in the memory of your father! Keep him in your hearts for ever! Love, Florentina
  1. Date: 11/20/2009 2:01:00 PM

    just wonderful and you are so bright to have two languages must be a real joy! Light & Love
  1. Date: 11/8/2009 12:59:00 PM

    Dear Nadia, Thank you for sharing this beautiful, spiritual poem. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. Love, Lainie
  1. Date: 11/7/2009 2:36:00 PM

    Moving tribute ... fathers are very special.. I miss mine too... wonderful to post both languages... thankxxx for sharing this beautiful and touching piece ... Linda-Marie, P.E.P.S. "Sweetheart"
  1. Date: 11/3/2009 10:10:00 PM

    A mi me gusta mucho este poema, Nadia! It is great that you posted this in two languages. You should also post poems of your father! My granddad's brother was a writer, journalist and poet, too. Keep your pen flowing! Just beautifully written....Gert
  1. Date: 11/2/2009 2:54:00 PM

    it is beautiful!!
  1. Date: 11/2/2009 9:02:00 AM

    que linda, lovely poem, thank you for your kind comment, love Simone