Rest in My Shade – A Poem about Roots

“An exquisite love song to Palestine and all its wonderful long-suffering people, to patience, the joy of fruitful simple living, and the power of holy, resilient trees. May the energy of tending and protecting our ancestral nourishment long endure.”
— Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

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About the Authors

Nora Lester Murad is a writer, educator, and activist. She co-authored Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots, and edited I Found Myself in Palestine: Stories of Love and Renewal From Around the Globe. From a Jewish American family, Nora moved from California to study in the Middle East. She married a Muslim Palestinian, and raised three daughters in the West Bank and in the US. She posts her writing at

Danna Masad, originally from Zeita village, was born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. She is an environmentalist, activist, and architect with a deep love for her land and people. Her inspiration for this story comes from witnessing the deep connection that developed over a lifetime between her grandmother and the olive trees she tended.


“Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots by Nora Lester Murad and Danna Masad is a beautifully crafted story of the Palestinian ordeal as understood through a primary metaphor of the olive tree, so bound up with Palestinian identity, both because of the rootedness to place of olive trees and the life nurturing qualities of olive oil. The book is a brilliant collaboration between its authors and a group of world class Palestinian painters. The lyric words of the text give clear meanings to the vibrant beauty of the visual art. In its few pages the tragedy and the transcendence of the Palestinian narrative are both memorably vivified. You will never regret having this book in your possession.”
— Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

“I celebrate this wondrous book. It illumines the world as olive oil might, regardless of the fire that’s touched it. Palestine and Palestinians continue to produce enduring imaginative art. They’re here to stay.”
— Fady Joudah, author of Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance

“Poetry and art, to paraphrase Jonathan Bate, are the song of the earth. These exquisite canvases and poetic commentary are the songs of uprooting of the people and olive trees from the earth of Palestine, and their enduring resistance. They resonate with the work of other indigenous eco-artists whose land and animals have been the unfortunate targets of colonial greed.”
— Sharif S. Elmusa, author of Flawed Landscape

“Rest in My Shade is a universal story. As elegant as the rolling hills of the countryside that is its backdrop, as startling as the violent upheaval that is the refugee experience, it is truly a story of all of us.”
— Saul Takahashi, Former Deputy Head of Office, occupied Palestinian territory office, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Book details

Book Size: 8″ x 8″

Pages: 48

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719692

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Edition: 1

Featuring illustrations by Palestinian artists

Illustrations: full-color illustrations

Release date: Fall 2018

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 1 cm


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