Summary: A poem relevant to the genocide in Gaza; Previously published in Sam Friedman. Grief and Rage: An American Jew’s Poems on Palestine. Central Jersey Coalition against Endless War. 2015. –Editors
As I have engaged with the ongoing horrors in Gaza, my mind keeps going back to this poem which I wrote some years ago—but which seems directly relevant.
Imagine the inferno billowing inside
the ashen cheeks of an American
as she first heard of the Shoah,
took her first shower
after learning of gas-gushing plumbing.
Imagine her rueful shame
that she had not known,
not spoken against Hitler
while time yet remained,
perhaps at her having sent pennies
to plant a tree in Heidelberg.
Imagine her guilt,
fellow daughters and sons
of the Jewish American diaspora,
who support the Right of Return
for those who are entitled,
who support the bantustans,
and impending ethnic murders
in what you call Yeretz Israel
but millennia of Palestinians