Burrow your hands into the sand

lower your head

and let the economy

slide off your back.

Put your ear to the earth

your skin to your dream

and peel away the opinions.

Fill your lungs with God

and turn to let the sun caress

your beautiful face.

And know

that my wish for you

is to live an authentic life.


Susan Abulhawa, of Yardley, is the author of the novel "Mornings in Jenin." This poem is from her first book of poetry, "My Voice Sought the Wind" (Just World Books), which was published this fall.