Target practice

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“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit”
― Edward Said

The shelling is from the land, sea, air
Gaza's children take the brunt,
the clocks stop on so many young lives
the twelve circles of hell await their tormentors 
those well-scrubbed, expensively educated girls
with their American accents who trot out the poison
that infects the airways - blame the victim,
Victors' 'justice'.

Children's broken bodies on the wooden floors of smashed up buildings
a sweltering concentration camp, a fucking rat trap, 
Children's hair sticky with sweat and blood
Children die. Die in rooms,
die under the roof or die underground in cellars and tunnels,
die in the steets of Gaza 
whilst above them Israeli pilots
conduct target practice 
Like a video game.
The Palestinians have no planes.
nothing to fight back with excapt the truth.
תתבייש ישראל
Collateral damage is inevitable says the well-scrubbed PR woman of the IDF
- so long as it's not our collateral damage  (sotto voce), because that's murder.

Poetry cannotv silence this sorrow within me
Not in my name, never in my name,
this terrifying bullying. 
I imagine Manchester as Gaza, besieged, surrounded 
destroyed by the best killing machines money can buy:
repeatedly murdering people dispossessed since 1948.
Even with their faces ground into the dust,
their land stolen, their children murdered,
the Palestinians resist, resist, resist.

 

 



 

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Ghazala lari

Sat 15th May 2021 05:24

Dear John,

please allow me to copy your poem and let millions hear your words for you spoke nothing but truth and it needs to be heard.

allow your fellow poets to make a video projecting all tyranny the palestinians are suffering at the hands of few evil minded people of a certain country which isn't bigger than a state.

The Palestinians and humanity at large needs whatever support and help it can be given.

Your poem is nothing but the truth. Thank you👍

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keith jeffries

Fri 14th May 2021 23:28

John,
The abused has become the abuser to the extent of even employing the same tactics of annihilation. The state of Israel has no moral legitimacy when it acts like a fascist, racist state.
Thank you for this

Keith

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John Marks

Fri 14th May 2021 21:38

Thanks Greg for the like. There is an end - for each of the Palestinians murdered - death.

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Greg Freeman

Fri 14th May 2021 21:27

A continuing historical tragedy. We watch horrified, powerless, it seems.

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