Lament over Gaza

It crushes my heart to watch 
injured and lifeless children 
in Gaza — collateral damage 
or sheer madness? 
‘Land is life’, my Indigenous mentors 
proclaimed, but I see its antithesis 
now when tortured eyes conjure 
bipolar images of stories retold 
over and over by diasporic tribes 
where past, present and future 
coalesce in a war of retribution 
so that in Palestine: land equals death.

Talk is not cheap, the war machine 
that silences the whispering from beyond 
our earthly dreams, will keep us all in chains 
— away from reaching the fullness 
of our humanity, away from 
our oneness with the sanctity of all life.

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