Violently Uprooted

Follow the tracks

and you will be led

through the rubble

that was a Palestinian village

until last spring

 

Follow the tracks

and you will be led

through the Israeli settlement

that was a Palestinian village

until 1967

 

Follow the tracks

and you will be led

through the Israeli town

that was a Palestinian village

until 1948

 

Follow the tracks

and you will be led

through the empty field

where olive trees grew

for thousands of years

until they were violently uprooted

 

Follow the tracks

and you will be led

through the pockmarked refugee camp

where Palestinians have survived

since they were violently uprooted

 

Follow the tracks

and you will find

war crimes

buried with the truth

and desecrated cemeteries

 

Follow the tracks

and you will find

bulldozers

still violently uprooting

ancient trees and human beings

 

Follow the tracks

and you will find

politicians

violently uprooting

history and peaceful dreams

 

Follow the tracks

and you will find

an old man’s farm

sliced in half already

by a concrete wall

and if you’re silent

you can hear

the sound of his heart

breaking

beneath the weight

of the bulldozer

 

and if you’re silent

you can hear

the sound of olive branches

breaking

beneath the weight

of the occupation

 

and if you’re silent

things will continue

like this

until the last olive tree

is violently uprooted

 

and if you’re silent

things will continue

like this

until the last Palestinian

is violently uprooted

 

and if you’re silent

things will continue

like this

until the last village

is destroyed

and turned into a settlement

 

Follow the tracks

and you will find

that if you’re silent

things will continue

like this

until it’s too late.

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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