Sleep Baby Sleep
from the far side of the globe
surrounded by home and family
in a sweet, wood frame South Austin house
I catch the hysteria of a half million
Lebanese people, a million Palestinians in Gaza,
abject poverty, the half million Israelis,
in safe rooms and shelters --
how must it feel to be there, to have your
life, family, homeland, community
pulverized by the giant?
I do not wish to be the giant,
or support it.
Is there something worth this horror?
It can't possibly be peace --
because civil order, community,
the humanness that holds us
together cannot exist
in a logic of destruction--
A half million Lebanese civilians
homeless – no food, water --
Collective punishment never lands
on the guilty ones, is random
And I cannot pretend
I don't see what is happening.
And seeing witness reality
shift to a deep raging blue,
Our blue planet is cracked.
Shall we try for a clean break?
Around the Ring of Fire? Along
the faul line that runs thru the Cradle
Could we deny that too?
The tsunami a few days ago,
the one that killed 500 people so far,
and the volcanic eruption hours later –
they didn’t happen.
Sleep, baby, sleep.
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
Note: Possibly we should all go to Middle East school.
Here is a fascinating analysis of the Israeli/Hezbollah/Hamas situation by Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar that you will not see in the MSM. It is long, but worth the time, lays out a credible history, examines implications for the region, and places a flash point for the attack on Lebanon on the election of a Hamas led government in Palestine, a democratically elected government, by the way, which Israel and the US attempted (but failed) to unseat, so far.
The coup attempt that started a war: Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, its causes and consequences
Posted: 20-07-2006 , 12:39 GMT, By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar