Poetry is a great love of mine. I write it and I read the works of many poets. Poetry and news do not necessarily seem compatible but today a poet was in the news. Although he lived in exile for many years, Mahmoud Darwish, who died in 2008, was born in Palestine and became his homeland’s national poet. Like most poets, his poetry grew out of his life experience. When young, he was an angry young man who expressed his pain in words that became the lament and the cry of rage of his people. He wrote of exile, occupation, injustice, and saw Palestine as Eden lost.