by Esther Cohen


X-large-wide-brimmed-hat-a2Even if you

are not obsessed

with Israel and Palestine (I am)

even if you’ve never been

to Gaza or Jerusalem (I have)

even if you

don’t dream at least

once a month for many years

of what you once saw

even just an orange grove

or the sea of course

there are seas and orange groves

in other places even if you didn’t go

at twenty to a country full

of hope and plans

rich with the languages

of  poems

where many arms were wide open

even if you accepted newspaper wisdom

how hard for all of this

to finally stop

i still after all these many years

i still believe in people themselves

no matter what we are every one of us

more or less the same and no one

wants a child to die

we are all heart broken

heartsick these painful days

even if you are not (I am) a hopeful type

it’s hard not to imagine

not to pray even if you don’t pray

nelson mandela


a beautiful strong woman

in a wide brimmed hat

will lead us all away