November 11, 2019
"Mes de los Muertos"

 

A Rose for Gaza

 
 
 

Gaza is a garden full of roses.
Stone roses.
Rock roses.
No petals to crush and bruise
to release their fragrance.
Only dust.
Dust and the stench
of death.
No green space left.
No sweet tranquility,
peace or quiet.
No escape.
No garden of Eden here.
No gateway to paradise.
Rubble and rock roses.

So I shall plant a rose for Gaza
in my green space,
in my tranquil garden.
I won't bruise it,
just gently sniff its fragrance
and hope that one day
fragrant roses will bloom again
in the garden of Gaza.

What else can I do?






First published by Poets Haven, Vending Machine in Poetry for Change Anthology 2014

Article © Lynn White. All rights reserved.
Published on 2016-05-30
Image(s) are public domain.


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