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Poem: On the Other Side of the Israeli Wall

On the Other Side of the Israeli Wall Palestinians Pray for Peace


By Genevieve Cora Fraser

On the other side
Of the Racist Wall
Zionist Israel
Is constructing
To create a ghetto
Existence serene
In victimhood
Seperated
From the Other
Are the gentle
Rolling hills
Of the Bethlehem
And Jerusalem
Districts where birds
Still sing among the few
Olive trees left standing
Despite settler attempts
To burn, hack down
And poison their roots
Christians and Muslims
Still pray for peace
With Jewish friends
Against the back
Drop of surveillance
Towers turrets
Spying down
Submachine guns
Poised to blast
Death into any
Who come near
They gather, sing, chant, and pray
To challenge the continued
Onslaught of the Wall
The cement snake
That venomously curves
Choking villages
Pastures, dwellings
All life in its way
Neighborhoods
Have been laid waste
Hunger and poverty
Dwell where prophets
Once strode
Along paths
Palestinian
Holy Families
Have wandered
For three millennia
Content in the innate
Understanding
Of who they are
Palestinians
Not boastfully
Bragging
Of nationhood
But dwelling
Within the womb
Of existence
Nurtured by nature
In harmony
With the soil
Of the soil
Returned to soil
They dwelled
Thousands of years
Content
Until the guns
And bomb blasts
Of Zionist terrorism
Rooted them out
Machine gunned
And hacked
Away at the fabric
Of the gentle life
A ruler had come
To stay
Mighty and terrible
Demanding
Are his ways
Uprooting crops
And forests
Bulldozing all
Living beings in his way
Beneath the great sky's
Canopy the blazing sun
Illumintes the days
The conquerers yoke
Attempts to harness
Palestinians
In lawyers tricks
To steal
All they
Survey

ENDS

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