Ode to Gaza …

We seal our mouths,
lips sewn shut, the complicity hushed,

furiously wagging silent tongues shushed,

mute, impotent,
the deafening silence apalls,

while we build more and more walls.

Still we remain mute,

human beings, all,
helplessly desolate,

mowed down each day while our sewn lips remain shushed,

and as the forgotten petals of weeping olives,

are strewn about,

brutally crushed …