The Graves of Be’er Sheva, The Graves of Bir a-Sab’a

By Eddie Falcon of Dialogues Against Militarism

Graves
Graves of children
The graves of soldiers.
British soldiers buried by World War I
Graves of soldiers from many wars
lost or won.
’48, ’67, Lebanon,
Suicides from the endless war within.
18, 19, 20, 21 years young with a loaded gun
A mother’s son in the bottom of a grave.
Mass graves, forgotten graves under concrete and commerce.
Hidden graves mirror the hidden bricks in the walls of the settler.
Stucko sprayed over and over
But you can’t hide
Your guilt
Your shame
Your hate
Your crime.
Unrecognized graves like the unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Negev
Intruded upon, homes razed, fruit trees uprooted
Family and friends pushed around and imprisoned by police.
Yet they resist and rebuild
And organize towards recognition.
They struggle and strife
To hold on to their homes
To hold on to their graves.

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Be’er Sheva’s desecrated Muslim graveyards

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One response to “The Graves of Be’er Sheva, The Graves of Bir a-Sab’a

  1. Janet Weil

    The sorrow of war has its poets, and you are one of them, Eddie. A wise and eloquent lament.

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