They drove out our hope: Spoken word in a free translation

Thank you all for all the love you showed me in my 40 birthday! May god bless you all and bring justice, equality and freedom (especially to Palestine)

Ha'Tikva tents camp, Tel Aviv, 9.1.2012  A homeless man blocks a Tel Aviv municipality inspector, as he tries to place an eviction order on a tent next to Ha'Tikva tents camp, Tel Aviv, January 9, 2012. An Eviction order, that will take place in the next days, will leave tens of homeless families living in the camp with out any housing solution.  Photo by: Activestills.org

Ha’Tikva tents camp, Tel Aviv, 9.1.2012
A homeless man blocks a Tel Aviv municipality inspector, as he tries to place an eviction order on a tent next to Ha’Tikva tents camp, Tel Aviv, January 9, 2012.
An Eviction order, that will take place in the next days, will leave tens of homeless families living in the camp with out any housing solution. Photo by: Activestills.org

Here is a poem i wrote after TLV mayor neo-liberal, white, arrogant Ron Huldai threw away the Ha’Tikva tents where homeless and poor people were living. it was last year. I among hundreds of social activists protest around the mayor offices in the middle of Tel Aviv. Actually I embedded some of my reading of the poem in different protest and poetry events  (Also you can help me in translation – here is the Hebrew version).

They drove out our hope | mati shemoelof

They drove out our hope, and threw my children into the street

They drove out our hope, and we paid the price

They drove out our hope, for a “green” forest

They drove out our hope, and left no medicine for my sick father and mother

They drove out our hope, and the shame, they even took the shame

They drove out our hope, and the mayor said: “Communists, parasites” and built another luxury tower

They drove out our hope, and just bought a white dog a new kennel

They drove out our hope, and threw us out into the cold

They drove out our hope; another ship sank in the blood

They drove out our hope, while the Captain celebrated and perforates the lifeboats

They drove out our hope, it’s colder outside than last year

They drove out our hope, and a drug addict lost his home and his song

They drove out our hope, with bullshit, drugs, and lies to the masses

They drove out our hope, and told us that salvation would come but instead they tortured us

They drove out our hope, with police threats, brutal arrests, and without police tags

They drove out our hope, and it’s hard to understand those who celebrate

They drove out our hope, they opened my eyes

They drove out our hope, they took away my poetry

They drove out our hope, they fed my lice

They drove out our hope, they took away my guardian angels

They drove out our hope, but you’re tired and don’t want to suffer social pains

They drove out our hope, and threw our children into the street

They drove out our hope, but the truth refuses to leave

They drove out our hope, but they can’t expel our hopes

They drove out our hope but hope stayed with us

(thanks to Moriel Rotman and Rachel Harris for thier help) 

June 2012 version in the “Black Night” event in south of Telv Aviv in protest of the white city who oppress its own people
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2012 version in Ramat Yochana literary festival
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In a literary meeting in a Tel Aviv synagogue
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2011 reading in the migrant workers and African refugees camp in the south of Telv Aviv  after R.I.P Yohanas Barko freezes to death in the park!!!

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About Mati Shemoelof

משורר, עורך וסופר. A Writer

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