If you remain silent

If you remain silent

you will hear the sound 

of the farmer’s heart

breaking

beneath the weight

of the bulldozer

 

if you remain silent

you will hear the sound 

of olive branches

breaking

beneath the weight

of the occupation

 

if you remain silent

things will continue

like this

until the last olive tree

has been 

violently uprooted

 

if you remain silent

things will continue

like this

until the last Palestinian 

has been

violently uprooted 

 

if you remain silent 

things will continue 

like this 

until the last village

is destroyed

and turned into a settlement

 

if you remain silent 

things will continue 

like this 

until it’s too late…

.

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*to help Palestinian farmers replant olive trees, visit Landofcanaanfoundation.org & check out the Trees For Life program*

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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