101 Readings

Don’t Forget

J hollers, “Don’t forget Bar Kokhba!”
But P shouts, “Don’t defend al nakba!”
J hollers, “Don’t forget Masada!”
But P shouts, “Remember intifada!”
J hollers, “Auschwitz, the pogroms!”
But P shouts, “You forced us from our homes!”
Both shout: “They started this! Bomb, flame
The enemy!”–and stoke eternal blame.
J hollers, “Now you killed my mother!”
But P shouts, “Your troops shot my brother!”

J thinks…”Shalom. Salaam. They rhyme.”
Posted 05/23/21
from Slow Clouds over Rush Hour (Rose Alley Press, 2021)
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