Poems on Politics

Forget Egypt #2

Forget the Pharaoh
Forget the Pyramids
Forget Bondage in Egypt

Watch the evening news
Who is a Jew? Who is an Arab?
You can’t tell them apart

Forget the Red Sea
Think of the Jordan River
Swelling with tears, now

A constant rain of
Flesh, blood and bone
A Jew’s jawbone or an Arab’s torso?

Wrist joint, ankle joint, head, neck and waist
A marionette come-unhinged, undone
Winders tangled, twisted in tight knots

Where is the honey?
And the milk?
How many fresh graves by sundown?

Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

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