The Keeper (2/22/2014)

Palestine

on my mind

Edward Said’s words jumping off

the pages

speaking to me

bringing me back

to Bethlehem

to Ramallah

to Bil’in

to tear gas and shit water

rubber bullets and fire

hate and fear

and occupation

and resistance

and a twelve year old David

teared up with snots and a clenched fist

with a sling and his rock

not even reaching the wall

much less the trucks and tanks

and I can feel his frustration

and anger

and fear

and hatred…

this is a vicious cycle

rinse,

repeat

cleanse,

ethnically

breaking bodies

breaking spirits

breaking bones

destroying

home

is where the heart is

and the heart is in Falesteen

long live truth

and justice

and freedom

to cry

to die

and to starve

of food

of water

starve of family

of culture

starve…of hope

of a future

of a land

this land is your land

this land is my land

olive branches

and bullet proof vests

this is not your land

concrete walls

and pockmarked buildings

this isn’t anybody’s land…

human beings

these are human beings

on BOTH sides of the wall

human beings

starved of

each other

of community

of that olive branch

of a dove

and of love…

of Salaam

of Shalom

Isaac and Ishmael

brothers torn apart

taught to fight…

fighting…

taught to hate…

hating…

fear

propagated fear

always fear

of each other

never seeing them

for who they are

our brothers

and sisters

Mister, please tell me

who

what

where

why

and when it will end?

my heart aches for them

my soul aches for them,

for us

and my mind

oh, my mind…

and my spirit breaks for them

because

what can we do?

what can I do?

what would…

Jesus do?

Born human

born…

Born Palestinian

born…

Born Jewish

born…

Born into a barbaric time

where brother kills brother

and they call it human nature

Cain killed Abel

or so we’re told…

but they told us a lie,

normalizing fratricide

and they made it ok

to kill for gold

and a diamond is forever

and I’ll leave all the lights on

ignoring Appalachian coal miners

and I’m able to kill Abel

not even for an eye

or a tooth

but because I can

for the bible tells me so

tells me brother killed brother

shows us it’s human nature,

see?

and so it is written,

but…

fuck that

it’s not so

it’s not human nature

we only know what we’re taught and told

socialized into believing

but we are our brother and sister’s keeper

because we are ONE

and I will not believe

a few thousand year old parable

normalizing fratricide

no, I will not sit by

idly watching

and waiting for a savior

What Would Jesus Do?

Nothing…

this one is on us

because we are ONE

so

speak up

love both sides

because we are both sides

and it is ok to cry

for ourselves,

for humanity…

and supporting human rights

doesn’t make you anti-anything

it makes you pro-humanity

because

I am

you are

he is

she is

we are all…

human

and we are all

ONE

love

ONE

humanity

so,

Salaam,

Shalom

Peace be with you

and me

and my brother

and my sister

because I am their keeper

and I am your keeper

and you, mine

 

 

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