PALESTINE

My son
Your Son?
My brother
Our cousin
O' uncle
Young nephew
Dear neighbour
Why did you have to die?
Palestine
Hero
What hero?
He died to kill them
Who them?
Her son
Her son?
His brother
Their cousin
Her uncle
That nephew
O' neighbour
How many must die?
Palestine
Label, label, quickly label
Suicide bomber
Soldier, Martyr
That'll do
Lest we begin to feel
Let them die
Palestine .




REARRANGE

I want the world to know
I wish for you to feel
Make the abstract
Be more real
And for my people
Change
Rearrange
So, daily at least a meal
Their bodies
Stronger
Heal
Barefoot in the woods
Snakes, stones, thorns
Underfoot
Trying to survive
Heavy is the load
Water pail an her head
Her age?
She's barely eight
Stomach empty
Backbone supple
Young
Not yet ready
She's just a child
Yet Look at her burden
Eyes red
Straining
Polluted

Fireside cooking
Lungs
Dusty
As the elites' Mercedes
Hurry past
In a whirl of dust
Oblivious
Contaminate her path
Oblivious
Toss discarded wrappers
Half‑eaten cupcakes
Out speeding windows
Oblivious
Today she has not eaten
Tomorrow
Sorrow
Weak and without say
Work, no pay
All she can do is pray
Today
She's still a baby
How can she grow
If the world does not know
Her leaders do not care
Jet‑set everywhere
Their lane is fast
Her needs are last
In tailored suits
They're in cahoots
Manipulate her roots

Start wars
Distort laws
In foreign lands
They hold out their hands
In her name
They play the game
Feel no shame
Who to blame?
The past
The colonial past
Those oppressive years
That raped the land
Robbed the wealth
That's who to blame
Feel no shame
Its not their fault
That the nation's vault
Has no holt
At the back
Where none can see
The daylight robbery
The shirt off her back
Her right to be free
To eat, to play
To learn, to yern
To run, for fun
Not away
Music, to hear
Not to fear

The Leader
The cheater
She lives afraid
1 want you to feel
What for her is real
Make it abstract
Change, Rearrange




SEE

Please
Don't avert your eyes
Look them straight
In their lies
It's not a sanitizing campaign
Its war
No less, much more
They're out to kill
Children
Women too
Flowers and cheers they expect
From the widows and orphans they make
If you avert your eyes
Their lies
Become true
Victims lives
Campaign tools
Please
Don't avert your eyes

Please
Don't look the other way
They need you
To stay
They are not from a lower cast
They are not last
No less, so much more
Exploited then discarded

Families
Shamed histories
Forced into the shadows
Crowded out of the shade
If you look away
Social guises
Remain cruel
Their lives
Ghetto cesspools
Please
Don't look the other way

Please
Don't interrupt your gaze
They're getting bolder
Nowadays
We are not dispensable inventory
Human we are
No less, much more
Lay‑off benefits ‑ none
Working class
Pensioners too
The System takes for its coffers
From the banks, no credit offers
lf you interrupt your gaze
Theirs are golden
Their parachutes
Our lives
They uproot
Please
Don't interrupt your gaze

Please
Don't neglect to see
Their cunning
Hypocrisy
Its not that there's no cure
The poor neglected
No less, much more
Left to persevere
Faceless
Young and elderly
Option is only to grin
Release body endorphin
If you neglect to see
Corruption
Distorts
Poor lives
Just pawns
Please
Don't neglect to see

Please
Don't squint out of sight
Lest you forget
To take the side
Of those who have no power
Its their last hour
No less, much more
Neutral is no option
If not for them
You're against

Lend to them your weight
Before it is too late
If you squint them out of sight
You side
With those of might
Frail lives
Further deprived
Please
Don't squint out of sight




PEACE

People
Everywhere
Are
Created
Equal