Saliba Sarsar

Sarsar Saliba

Saliba Sarsar is the author and editor of several works on the Middle East, as well as three books of poetry. The first, titled Crosswinds (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999) includes impressions of a teenager experiencing Jerusalem under Jordanian and Israeli rule, and maturing in a land of “between war and peace.” The second, Seven Gates of Jerusalem (Kul-Shee, 2010) is a bilingual (English/Arabic) edition that weaves individual lives with the historical, the tangible with the unseen. The poems address overcoming adversity, the need for deliverance. In the third book, Portraits: Poems of the Holy Land, just completed and in search of a publisher, Saliba goes on a journey into memory, not as a way to relive the past, but to appreciate anew the significance of life and to imagine a better future for Palestinians and Israelis.

Saliba’s individual poems have appeared in a variety of venues, including Monmouth Review, Upstate Magazine, Voice of the Shore, The New York Times, This Broken Shore, Asbury Park Press, and Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.

Saliba was born and raised in Jerusalem. He holds a doctorate from Rutgers University and is currently Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Monmouth University.

Sacred Encounters

 
Sacred Encounters

When two rivers meet
I find You …
A listening heart birthing
Special spaces within each of us
To hear His voice
Receive His touch
Fulfill His invitation.

When two rivers meet the sea
We find YOU …
A generous heart bestowing
Blessings, enabling our presence
To live a soulful life
Feel the silence in music
Say YES to divine imagination.

When two rivers melt in the sea
We become ONE …
An embracing heart, inviting all
To share abundantly
Dialogue authentically
Celebrate harmoniously
The new creation.

 
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