Saturday, 19 July 2014

Eyeless in Gaza (Revisited)


Today’s poem as written five years ago; tragically, little or nothing has changed unless for the worse.

Surely, it is high time leaders on both sides looked to their consciences instead of their politics and worked together for a peaceful solution to this sick war?

Playing the blame game will only cost more lives. 

This poem is a villanelle.  

EYELESS IN GAZA (REVISITED) 

Blind carnage in Gaza
(world calling for a ceasefire)
a crime against nature

Child calls for its mother
(dead before she can get there)
blind carnage in Gaza

Each side blaming the other
(but who pays the dogs of war?)
a crime against nature

Dispute dragging on forever
Its roots in geography and culture;
blind carnage in Gaza

Ordinary people fear
the rest of the world doesn’t care;
a crime against nature

Diplomacy holds the answer
(were politics but see its way clear);
blind carnage in Gaza,
a crime against nature

[London, January 8th 2009]

Copyright R. N. Taber 2009

[From: On the Battlefields of Love by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2010; rev. ed. in e-format in preparation.]


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