It’s There

Photo by Omar Rahman http://www.orahman.com/
Photo by Omar Rahman http://www.orahman.com/

By A. Daniel Roth

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I meet a man everyday

who insists there is no occupation.

He’s there.

 

At work denying and at school not asking

and resting on שבת not wondering.

 

Millions under military rule.

Military power closes gates

and opens wounds.

 

Power is power on this side and that.

We have it and we have none,

we chant together.

 

Stand up, resist, raise a fist, but

don’t mention the word

it hurts and doesn’t line up

with the thread I’m on.

 

It’s there. An olive tree

And Rashid Khalidi

It’s the only democracy

 

in the Middle East

maybe even the world, created by people

and the UN.

But, he tells me, the UN can’t make a state.

 

“But what about…?” cut off

“Not anymore,” he says.  

 

“Move on”

 

To where? 

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