The Forbidden Wall|
Standing in your ominous shadow I shudder.
Your invasive presence snaking into horizon
coiling lungs of livelihood like a noose.
Earth quivers in aversion.
I struggle to define you:
Revulsion suppressed, I step closer.
Smooth surface screens brutal, recurring tales.
I touch your colorless grain.
Currents strike me!
Resounding wails vibrate in acoustics of pain.
Slab upon slab gargantuan mass
of quelling echoes of affliction
or containing its fire.
The heart quakes in recognition.
The land, staggering, projects a palette of bereavement:
Palestine’s horizon since Deir Yassin.
our blood and flaming corpses.
the tarmacs bulldozed to detach towns and villages.
our orchards razed to the ground
naked roots drying burnt sienna and umber.
our rivers diverted.
our shrouds laid gently into yellow ochre.
Hallowed the land you writhe across today
forbidden to you as Eden
transitory as the ghettoes
short-lived as Berlin!
History shall define you:
‘Mural of Shame’
an affront to Humanity
graffiti-ed f r a g m e n t s
Randa Hamwi Duwaji