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Downstairs, from heavenly Aleppo

Tariq Al-Bab, Aleppo, 2013. (Basma/Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Tariq Al-Bab, Aleppo, 2013. (Basma/Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Aleppo, I, Matityaho Ibn Shifra, your old daughter, a grandson of your Arab-Jews, mourn the erasure of your city of poetry

Aleppo, how did they forget to save your libraries

Aleppo, was it not fireworks that lit the skies of the Arab spring? Or were the night stars shining all night long

Aleppo, tell me who is the devil that drops explosive barrels upon your residents, and thinks that in this way — they will write his name in love

Aleppo, will you listen to the old, weeping Iraqi who lives inside of me? Here, at the gates of our European towns, stand thousands of your sons and daughters, standing with keys to lost homes, waiting to enter

Aleppo, rich poems will flourish in your botanic gardens; Free, we will walk among your Middle Eastern shifting sand-novel-dunes; freedom will be tattooed on our children’s hands, red words of prayer will spread in the wind

Aleppo, torn poetry books fly in the wind; your children’s memory squashed beneath the rubble

Aleppo, the few who read your heart’s beating poems fighting with those who don’t know shit about the little girl who dances while she writes a love letter to her mom

Aleppo, your daughters, are the new Jews, who are exiled between the libraries of the world, and inside their headphones you can hear the compassionate womb of the Oud

Aleppo, we will not fight with weapons that lead to victory. Nope. We will put our hopes in the gentle candle wax and surrender to mountains of words where the sweet snow melts into rivers; where love springs out

Aleppo, tell us again how we can raise neighborhoods of believers and atheists; among the alters who scattered our souls

Aleppo, your stories will come back to my ears, like a child who sits on his grandmother’s knees

January, 2017

The poem was first published on  972 Magazine

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A moonlight tale

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A moonlight tale

 

 

 

“seventy kinds of different dates were in Baghdad”

my grandma told me

“and shame that we left,” she added

“over there, they didn’t put antibiotics in our food

we didn’t eat cow meat and our Kuba rice dish was filled with lamb”

and even if my way to Baghdad Has been ruined

and although I don’t speak the language 

now I know that my life is a piece of a Darkened history

that sits on

a hook, a moonlight tale of my grandma.

Words of Departure

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Words of Departure

This poem will soon collapse

As

I left the life of guaranties

To find a new life in Berlin

I speak broken English, Broken German, Broken Hebrew, Five Shekels a Euro

I disconnected my Jewish phone

I said goodbye to my mom

My books

My life’s beloved

Loved

Ones

Hebrew letters

My friends

I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust

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I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust is:

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What is the price of a Jewish ghetto? What is the price of segregation? What is the price of antishemitishem?  What is the price of the numrus clauses? What is the price of ruining one Jewish shop let’s say in fridrichsain?

What is the price of burning down a Jewish village? What is the cost of living the building and just shooting the people?

What is the price of one forced labor camps let’s say in Crete?

What is the price of death camp? What is the price of death? And what is the price of a camp?

(Can I get a discount if I buy both of them?)

What is the price of burning a whole Jewish library?

What is the price of burning one book; let’s say a poetry book from Jerba in Tunis?

What is the price of burning one Jewish word?

What is the price of separating a Jewish couple who just got married and do not have kids yet?

What is the price of the longing to be again in this love one, one to each other?

What is the price of sending a divorced couple to the death chambers?

What is the price of murdering lesbian couple who live secretly together in Odessa?

What is the price of eliminating a Jewish gay who was never been in love in his life?

What is the price of sending an in love Jewish transgender to Aushwitch?

What is the price of killing a whole religious community?

What is the cost of killing one rabbi? What is the price of killing one saint rabbis wife let’s say from Serbia.

What is the price of killing a whole scholar Jewish community from mitte bezerik?

What is the cost of killing one intellectual? Let’s say what is the price of Walter Benjamin or David fogel or Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger? Can u tell me the price also of burning down book of none celeb Jewish writers? Or those who just started to write and didn’t send the book to publication.

Can u tell me the price of separating 1.5 children from their parents? Is it different then killing a family together?

Can u give me the price of the sorrow? What is the price of grief? What is the price of their lost wishes?

What is the price of killing one woman who cannot give birth?

What is the price of forgetting all these communities never to be seen on earth again?

What is the price of sending the remaining Jews to Palestine? What is a price of auslender visa for Jews who come to Berlin? What is the price of sending a nuclear submarine to Israel?

What is the price of people who survived the war? I mean what is the price of the trauma?

[Why?]

I will tell u why, well, I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust is.

I mean, can u really give a price for a loss of one person, one book, one word, one village, one love, one voice, one kid, one woman, one man, one gay family, one history, one culture, one life, one memory, one dream, one city, thousands of years of Jewish life?

Cause if u will tell me the price – so then- I want to buy it all. I want to see all the life that was lost. But I do not want compensation. I want the impossible. And I know that only poetry can give words to this lost task.

We want to leave it

 

==We want to leave it==
The British said to the European union
We want to leave it
The colonies all over the world said to Britain colonialism
We want to leave it
The Scottish and Irish said to Britain
We want to leave it
Britain said to the Scottish and Irish
We want to leave it
The AFD AND NPD said to the canceller Angela Markel
We want to leave it
Canceller Angela Markel crushed the Greek
We want to leave it
The Jews said to Germany after the second world war
We want to leave it
The Jews displaced the Palestinian in the 48
We want to leave it
Radical right wing parties in France / Holland / Belgium said to the European Union
We want to leave it
Racism said to human rights
We want to leave it
The immigrants from Asia and Afrika said to their poor life
We want to leave it
The immigrants drowned in the sea on the way to Europe
We want to leave it
So many countries are begging to enter the EU
We want to leave it
But The European Union is privilege togetherness
We want to leave it
We can’t imagine a better world
We want to leave it
But we must think of a new society that shares the wealth of the earth
We want to leave it
But where do u go? To the moon? To a catastrophic world? To war?
We want to leave it
Wait. Maybe u stay here
We want to leave it
Ok leave it.
We want to leave it
So why don’t u leave it
We want to leave it
Whatever.

Listen: a great version to one of my “Berlin” Poems by Nitsan Bernstein. one moment before a new album!

Listen: a great version to one of my “Berlin” Poems by Nitsan Bernstein. one moment before a new album!

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