Friday, January 16, 2009

Did Anyone In Gaza Play Tennis Today?

Did anyone in Gaza play tennis today,
did anyone go for a swim?

Did anyone go for a walk down the street,
or shop in the mall at a whim?
Did anyone go to the mosque or to school,
or just wander around outside?
How bout doing the wash or watching the news,
instead of finding a place to hide.
No tennis or swimming or walking or shopping,
more important things to do today,
like surviving the bombs and calming the crying,
no time for idle play.
What food there is is not enough,
and the water is gone or going.
The only thing that's certain is
the bombing isn't slowing.
Hospitals can't cope with all the wounded,
the dying and the pain.
And all attempts to stop this slaughter
are until now, in vain.
What did ordinary people with ordinary lives do,
to create so much hate?
Are they supposed to think that this
is simply their fate?
No bombs or rockets or tanks or guns
can ever bring anyone peace.
The rage that's planted from obscenity like this
will simply never cease.
Has nothing been learned from the pain of the past
of the futility of war?
Or is man's inhumanity to man
something in everyone's core?
So now I weep for Gaza, the world's biggest trap
It has to be the most miserable place on this planet's map.
Karen

2 Comments:

Blogger MommaBean said...

Well put and very moving K. Thanks.

Friday, January 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen, my best friend, has reached into the soul of humanity with her thoughts. I weep with her, and for the world.

Sunday, January 18, 2009  

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