Black Poetry : Palestine (My Sisters)

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  1. deepgrrl

    deepgrrl Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What must occur to you
    At that last moment,
    before the shrapnel
    Rends your dreams to redness--
    Allah calling your name unto Paradise ?
    The deafening cries of your children unborn?
    A plan ill-conceived?
    The sacrificed bits of stuff and promise
    Which should have knit together one day
    Within your womb,
    Now spun out.
    (Young woman tapes plastics to breast,
    Binding away in sacrificial modesty
    Her right to nurture.)

    Oppression occupation devotion
    have made the hate burn hot
    Within your veins
    Scarring to bone
    Blinding to certain pain
    Despising your own shrouded softness.
    This is woman
    Contorted
    To warrior
    By un-righteous rivalry,
    Condemned to willing nullity.
    No time
    No future
    No thought
    Of those she will take with her
    Only the tang of freedom strong on her tongue
    As she tastes last blood into darkness.
     
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    Derrick Jay Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    whew...this is an intense insight into the use of women as suicide bombers...very well stated. its always amazed me that throughout history people feel the need to kill for or in the name of god, and this is the pathway to heaven???

    One,
    Derrick Jay
     
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    desperation causes many to act out of the ordinary...and although many see suicide as an act of cowardice, I think it is also an act of bravery, as you said in your first three lines, and they still have to go that last step with those thoughts in mind...also taking into account that these women and men are prepared for this moment from the beginning..and so it becomes an automated response...almost an obligation...

    K
     
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    in agreement wit Kitana.................very on point
     
  5. deepgrrl

    deepgrrl Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I agree with you all, this is indeed a very complex issue. When I first heard about women being used as suicide bombers, I was overwhelmed with conflicting emotions. On the one hand, I understand and definitely sympathize with the political struggle in which they are involved. But I was also saddened. And deeply disturbed that women, who I perceive as being healers and nurturers, would be compelled to sacrifice themselves in such a violent, irreversible act that would likely kill innocent children. It speaks to me of despair rather than patriotism. These women are so young, and yet they see no future for their unborn children, can imagine no higher purpose for their own lives than to become instruments of destruction, and do not envision the slightest possibility of a peaceful resolution to this conflict. I cannot deny their bravery or their willingness to sacrifice, but the way they chose to demonstrate it breaks my heart. I do not comdemn them, but I do wonder what better purpose the Creator might have accomplished through them had they chosen a different course of action. At the moment of these women's annihilation, did the heavens rejoice... or weep. These women haunt me, which is why I wrote this piece.
     
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    MADDRAPPER Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    THIS WAS SUPER AND INTENSE YOU SEEM TO HAVE KEPT BUILDING ON THIS IT REALLY PUT ME THERE i CAN SEE ALL THIS HERE HAPENING NICE READ FOR REAL
     
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    To the Deep One

    Again my dear, you continue to place us at the scene and heighten our awareness of places outside of our own.

    Thank you for the passion that seems to touch all you create. :cool:
     
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    deepgrrl Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Maddrapper: You thought it was Intense? Thanks!!! Considering how madd intense your stuff is, I take that as the highest compliment. Peace and blessings.

    Serious: Hey there my tidewater thesbian, I'm glad you liked the piece. You know how it is when a character starts tugging at the back of your mind...
     
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    I weep for those who are still confused!

    I read the poem twice and I read everyone's response.
    I have to say that the poice was both poigniant and moving.
    The spiritual implications however seem to have eluded
    some readers (perhaps they are non-believers), but
    "Self-murder" is the one sin you cannot be forgiven for.
    We can intellectualize it's motivation, it doesn't make
    it right. These women are pawns just like their male
    counter-parts. That people see any bravery in it, is incomprehinsible to me. Bravery is the men who lay down
    their lives for their fellowman. Killing yourself and innocent
    people (women and children), is in no way an act of bravery.
    Sounds more like insanity to me.
    But, you got us dialoguing sista deepgirl and that means
    this was a 'HIT'!
    BLESSINGS ON YA HOUSE
    AND THANKS FOR REMEMBERING MY BIRTHDAY!
     
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