My best friend M. from Egypt send me an email: “mubarak’s regime closes the facebook. Shoots and puts demonstrators in jail. please share” and so I decided to upload this poem especially for him and for the Egyptian people who want democracy in the middle-east!
In A Destroyed Kfar Shalem and the Expelling of Jaffa / Mati Shemoelof
A well-fed white rat
Persuaded the inspector
To eat along with the builder
To feed the politician
To bed down with the judge
And flatten the people’s history.
A big rat, Momma,
I swear I saw her nibbling at the rubble
Excreting the culture that eats
Without ever being satisfied.
And why do I tell you all this, Momma?
Maybe because I feel it can’t go on like this,
We have to stand together
Confront the rat
And shout out the pain of those nibbles.
You’re right, Momma,
We are not rats.
But the stigma on our bodies,
The rubble before our eyes,
Have come across to my daughter
Who asks how we never
This poem was translated from Hebrew by Dena Shunra [ http://hebrew.shunra.net/%5D