Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Whose entrails are these?

Do humans inhabit only one side of the wall?
Whose entrails are these in the town hall?
Do they only have mothers in Tel Aviv?
In Gaza why do so many women grieve?
Why is the civilized world so silent?
Are they immune to a million lament?
Can only white kids whimper and weep?
Can only brown children be bombed in sleep?
What is so likeable about Santa Claus?
Across river Jordan why does humankind pause?
Do they have friends in Israel alone?
Will Palestinian pals forever mourn?
Is the blood in Sderot so priceless?
Is the blood in Al-Shati so worthless?


PS: Just four months after the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish passed away, Israel began its latest blitzkrieg in Gaza. Darwish's evocative poetry expressed the pain and belonging for his homeland. 'Whose entrails are these?' is my tribute to Darwish and the innocent people of his beloved Palestine. ~ Sameer