New Year wishes for that little girl in Aleppo
I wish you love
The love that has no boundaries
The one of your mother’s smile.
I wish you silence
The silence with no echoes of cries
The one between the notes of music.
I wish you beauty
The beauty of an early morning
The one that rekindles your awe for life.
I wish you tenderness
The tenderness of your dressed-up dolls
The one with no ashes and no cries.
I wish you smiles
The smiles that draw themselves upon your lips
The ones that you cannot contain.
I wish you laughter also
The laughter that rhymes with silliness
The one that no memory may dim.
I wish you warmth
The warmth of sugar melting on your tongue
The one that makes you wiggle your toes.
I wish you tranquillity
The tranquillity of the breeze in your hair
The one that negates all fears.
I wish you healing
The healing of compassion
The one that leads to peace.
I wish you colours
The colours of infinite dreams
The ones that never go to war.
I wish you music
The music that stirs the soul
The one that will finally make you dance.
I wish you innocence habibti*
The innocence that was taken away from you
The one the world needs to heal.
You are our hope as humanity hurts.
You are the dream of a better tomorrow.
You are love hayati**.
* my darling / ** my life (words of endearment in Arabic)