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Portal to East Jerusalem

Genevieve Cora Fraser
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White sheets blow on apartment roof tops

Billowed sails in the morning sun

Street vendors unload harvest’s bounty

Carts clang along ancient stone

Framed in shadows

Within Jerusalem

Archways

Moments drop into infinity’s

Waters the eternal spring

That awakens life

 

As Iman pray

A call to answer

Sentry posts remain

Alert

 

1,000 Arabs await eviction

1,000 lives dislodged anew

Driven to extremes by Zionist

Planning to obliterate what

Is not themselves

Palestinian homes crushed

By bulldozers

Helpless

Before the enemy’s

Will

To wreck and cover

Genocidal intentions

To cleanse all that is Arabic

From Jerusalem’s hills

 

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Only they

The Zionist Zealots

And the tourist traps

They seek to build

Are worthy

Tenants of Jerusalem’s

Sanctuary

Encased in cement walls

Hatred instilled

 

And the world

Yawns

As Christ

Is crucified

Again

 

Dreaded are

Zionist Zealots

Their Golden Calf

Glimmers

In the sun

As Palestinian lives

Are sacrificed on the altar

Blood drenched

Echoes of the past

Re-begun

 

Go in peace

As all crumbles

Jerusalem lives

Within you

Is of you

Still

 

Idolatrous worship

Will undo them

 

That which Muslims

Call Iman

Is in the heart

Of believers

Tranquil

 

Allah Knows

You are the Seed of Abraham

From which the nations of the earth

Shall be blessed

In addition to being a poet, playwright and journalist, Genevieve Cora Fraser is an environmental and human rights activist of long-standing.
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