A Pantoum for Israel and Gaza

a single candle flame burns in a menorah
The family next door is precious to me.
Their dog lays his head in my lap.
The cousins sing karaoke and dance.
Far away, a family is killed by a bomb.
 
The dog lays his head in my lap.
Far away, a baby was starting to eat solid food.
A family is killed by a bomb.
On Hanukkah, I light candles for them.
 
A baby was starting to eat solid food.
Far away, men with machine guns burst in.
On Hanukkah, I light candles for them.
The father is driven away in a truck.
 
Men with machine guns burst in.
The cousins sing karaoke and dance.
The father is driven away in a truck.
The family next door is precious to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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