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Death is a Traveller on the Road to Gaza
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi
Friday, January 30, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Death is a traveller on the road to Gaza

Your ashen hair, Palestine

Went up in the flames of a cry

Your children went up in ashes


Through the air

In the claws of the victim

Graduated to perpetrator

And received into the murderers' ranks

(as civilisation progresses

endowing its prey with


Courted now by the fire

In which their own children burnt

All innocence is lost

And you, my blood, are consumed

By the grey milk of the dawn

Death is a mask

That drowns the face

Handed round as a fetish

It grows in eye after eye

Erupting in blindness


It turns to ashes our last hope to live


And carves faces

Bare of life

Bare of mercy

Bare of hope

Featureless is the face

That incorporates DEATH

Praised is the fist and the knout

And the foot in the neck

Unquestioned is power

Where it is exercised

He whose hand holds the gun condemns violence


He that kills condemns murder

For the judge breaks the law

And condemned

Is the dispossessed

Denounced is the hand raised in defence

Who is who?

D-E-A-T-H, say the defeated

To them

Has no name

But it's the hand of a man

That closed round the throat

Of a man

That  drained out the life

Of him

But when the oppressor robbed the oppressed of his last


And the master the slave

Of his last grain of life

It was within the law

What is the law?


Asks the insurgent

Is the law?

And whose law i s the l a w ?

The old question

Asked again


Whose world is the world?

(No thought of sleep

[must political lyrics have rhythm?

{or is it bad times for lyrics?}]

((How free am I to say

What I see?))

(((Grey milk of the morn))) )

O God


Here we die

Death is a traveller on the roads of this world

Not one life


Can be brought back

Your ashen lips

My dead child

In the fire of the bombs'


And the stains of your blood

On the wall

Ask: Who?

And: How?

And: Why?


"I hope they've learnt their lesson."

(Shim'on Peres, Peace Nobel Prize Winner)





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Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/7/2009
Both from the gut and spirit. Beautiful work.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/30/2009
A most apt and timely write, Mahdi. It is sad that such horrors continue unabated as they always have in this world. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by S H (Reader) 1/30/2009
Very well written as always.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 1/30/2009
Pain and suffering is evident in this poem. I wish the best for you.

Sandie Angel :(
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