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  The Scapegoat
by Sara Coslett
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Without nationality


the boy wandered the barren streets.


A rock in one hand,


an idea clenched in the other.


He did not know exactly who the opposition was;


the country with the great military


that is ever vigilant to protect their people,


or the community he lived in


that is filled with hatred.


He could not even go to other lands


where Allah was said to dwell.


Places where his brethren congregated to cry


 “Kill the enemy,


kill them dead,


drive them into the sea.”


Like a rat in a cage, he was trapped.


His Arab cousins denying him citizenship


in their prized realm. Preferring he remain a scapegoat,


giving them permission to evade their own political inadequacies.


And so he walks, head low, eyes cast


waiting for citizenship, in the land beneath his feet.


 


Copyright © 2004 Sara Coslett



 

* I want to thank Deborah Russell for providing very valuable links on this subject.

 

http://www.mideastweb.org/briefhistory.htm

http://www.mideastweb.org/refugees1.htm

http://www.mideastweb.org/refugees2.htm





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Reviewed by Franz Kessler 4/18/2004
Great poem, Sara. Whatever religion we are using as scapegoats for our crimes, it is now high time to stop this nonsense of postage-stamp laws, postage-stamp religions and a mindset which identifies itself with squarefeet of lands, and some silly monuments. We are citizens of one (slowly dying) planet, and any other thought (nationalistic, tribal etc.) is nothing but a concoction of stupidity. I'm fed up with the entire Middle East. If they want to go to hell, so be it, but leave the rest of the world in peace.

Franz
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/11/2004
I agree with Deborah's comments. I wish you love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Global Nation Organization 4/11/2004
Safi,

There is nothing more divisive than religion. Perhaps if you just accepted your religion and let other accept theirs you might not be so angry.

With regard to my parent’s nationality, my mother was born in Tel Aviv as well. My father immigrated to Israel as a child from Afghanistan after the Muslims forced his family off the vineyard they had owned for hundreds of years. They did not receive any payment for the land, they were just driven off. So try not to be so presumptive. Perhaps you should gather your facts first.

Sara Coslett
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 4/11/2004
Damn Sara....this is going to liven things up.....Such strong, clear thought in this...Every human deserves a home....land to raise a family and a future...If you took me away from this country.....it would be kicking and screaming..this is my home ....our home...from all nations we live and would die for the very red-dirt that we walk upon everyday.

ty, Dani
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 4/10/2004
You are a talented writer, not much good as a shrink but a very talented writer.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/10/2004
Most interesting write Sara!!

Love God and you love all!!

Just my humbled heart speaking!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kristian Mahrling-Harding 4/10/2004
this should stir the pot a bit...i hope that what comes of the stew is a common respect for each belief system....and an understanding of mans inhumanity toward man...we can't profess 'eternal love' if we have none for another human being.
here's a carrot to add for flavor...playing the advocate...
'IF" we were created in the image of God...how can one of us justify a hate for another?? OR..an un acceptance of his being? in any religion or organised belief system..wouldn't that be like slapping God in the face? for even mono-zygotic twins have a 'difference' to each, that sets them apart...does that make one better than the other?
once again, sweetie...you cause a mind to think out of the box...this one was sided with politics, as well....but i was told never to discuss religion AND politics...maybe next time...
great write...
hugs and love..
and a hoppy easter ;-)
krissy
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/10/2004
Wow..very deep and excellently written!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 4/10/2004
A man without a country .. we make rules to torture each other, not to understand.
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 4/10/2004
Personally Andy, I don't believe that Jesus existed either, at least not in the context which people see him. However, I do understand how billions of people either need to believe or just do believe in Jesus, Allah, or any other God.

My concern with this poem is not about religion, even though clearly religion plays a part. No, what I am trying to say is that the resolution of the Palestinian problem rests on the shoulders of the other Arab nations who adamantly refuse to allow Palestinian's citizenship in their own country.

Hope that cleared it up a bit. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/10/2004
Allah don't exsist, LOL, scape goat come from O T WHERE A GOAT WAS RELEASED INTO WILD FOR SINS, HENCE SCAPE GOAT....
Reviewed by Lori Moore 4/10/2004
Very good!

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