Palestine

Motionless Privilege

is just
protecting its peace.

It is standing for peace,
still, and in place.

It wants them to lower
their restless

voices, pillow
the silent night

in which … Read more

Dust and Ashes

Where is Abraham
who knew God better than God knew himself
who reminded God
how it would diminish him not to save
the countless guilty
for the sake of argument … Read more

A god so missed a missile

 

It never turns out well when gods doze
    at the universal wheel. I believe in deities
as almost all folks have. From Zeus to Atlas,

all down the hierarchy … Read more

Peace

 

Image by Gidon Pico (Pixabay)

You won’t find me in the pin on your chest,
Nor amidst your flags fluttering in the streets.
I escaped the dark abyss long … Read more

Preservation

 

The images stand between him and the rest of a life
that began again in the long crossing.

On the edge of a pit, he starts snapping heirlooms.
I … Read more

Writing About War

 

Everyone is Writing About War
About the arbitrariness of it—
the innocents killed or displaced
by angry men,
and make no mistake, these are men,
even the men who … Read more

Accounting

 

No need to count the dead in Gaza,

their dead are just a number,

a vague number,

if that.

In Ukraine, we know the numbers,

precise, not vague,

in … Read more

Another raid at the mosque

Image: By James Gilmore

police have entered    morning prayers
another raid at the mosque

Palestinians stockpiled stones
                set barriers
19 people injured    three to the hospital    beaten
                by rubber-coated bullets
nine arrested    smashed windows… Read more