Earth is pressing against us, trapping us in the final passage
To pass through we pull off our limbs
Earth is squeezing us. If only we were wheat, we might die yet live
If only it were our mother so she might temper us with mercy
If only we were pictures of rocks held in our dreams like mirrors
We glimpse faces in their final battle for the soul, of those who will be killed
by the last living among us. We mourn their children’s feast.
We saw faces of those who would throw our children out of the windows
of this last space. A star to burnish our mirrors.
Where should we go after the last border? Where should birds fly after the last sky?
Where should plants sleep after the last breath of air?
We write our names with crimson mist!
We end the hymn with our flesh
Here we will die. Here, in the final passage.
Here or there, our blood will plant olive trees
" No code of morals can justify the persecution of one people in an attempt to relieve the persecution of another”
George Antonius 1891 - 1942, Lebanese-Egyptian author and diplomat
" Every new conquest [by Israel] becomes the new basis of the proposed negotiation from strength, which ignores the injustice of the previous aggression”
Bertrand Russell 1872 - 1970, Philosopher, Historian & Social Critic - Excerpt from his last letter written in 1970 just before his death
It is safe to say, that people of the Arab countries and Israel were not so conservative as they are today, and the same applies to Turkey. That said, of course, many of those said countries including Turkey are more open in some sectors, so I don't mean to generalize. In the 1950s, many parts of the Arab World had less people who wore the head-scarf, not that it's a bad thing to wear one. More people were Leftists and liberal especially during the time of the Cold War. The Israeli right was…Continue