For the Israeli soldiers attacking Gaza and their supporters

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In Memory of East Timor, September 1999

 

look at yourself

how you’re cutting yourself in half

while killing all those thousands

and their neighbourhoods

 

or is this something

which will only catch-up with you

later?

 

Another massacre,

another massacre,

another massacre.

Another massacre for which a poet can do nothing

but write a poem

Another massacre for which a person can do everything

to begin unmaking the massacres to come

 

Before I knew it in words

Now I know it in meaning –

It’s not just about the island

                              the oil

                              the language

It’s about killing the example

                                                   of people choosing to be themselves

                                              instead of equal citizens

                                     nestled in the arms of the law

 

 And how many around the world believed all that was needed for ‘Independence’ was a ballot box.

 

freedom is not simply about equal rights and laws that enforce them

freedom is a privilege

that we grant ourselves through granting it to each other:

                             a growing knowing

                                of each and all

                       of our similar and diverse

                          desires and needs

              And surrendering ourselves to these

                             with every step

                                 every move

                                  every day

                                that we make

                                                                                beyond all rules

                                                                                of order

                                                                                and safety

                                                                                and habit

                                                                                and convention.

 

first published in Celebrating Voices-A Journal of Feminist Expression.  January 2000. Vol. II, No. 1, Back Cover.

*photo by Salimah Valiani

One response to “For the Israeli soldiers attacking Gaza and their supporters

  1. USA and Canada = Axis of Weasles….well put.

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