Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tonight I'm thinking about Gaza, and all the sorrow and violence between Isreal and Palestinians. This situation stymies me. I don't know how it will ever be resolved.
Martin Luther King Jr said:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

My prayer is that somehow, love, not fear, ego, revenge guide decisions regarding Gaza.

My poem on the subject is one I would never have written if my friend Diane hadn't given us a terribly difficult prompt in Skywriters.

Unholy Land

Gaza Strip.
Golan Heights.
Jereuselum.
Isreal.
Palestine.
Holy Land.
Unholy land.
Jew kills Arab mother.
Arab kills Jewish child.
Jewish father weeps.
Arab father mourns.
Jews feel they are victims,
figting to keep homeland.
Arabs feel they are victims
fighting to claim homeland.
Killing will continue
as long as both peoples
believe pain allows violence.

Victoria Hendricks, January 14, 2009

5 comments:

Joe said...

Powerful! Thanks for sharing this!

BelleWillowDiane said...

Victoria, I am happy you posted your poem discussing Gaza, which is so powerful, and your quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words about "darkness...so true

Peggy said...

Glad to see you posting your poems, Victoria. This one really speaks about the situation in the Middle East, a place that has been unstable my whole life and for generations before as well. Seems unsolvable, but one can still hope.

Mary said...

Powerful poem, Victoria. I don't know how it will be resolved either..I hope a way WILL be found.

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