A New Year Message from the Desert

i don’t believe
there is evil in the world

sometimes it feels like that
but i never believe it

i believe
there are wounded souls

i believe
we are all wounded souls

i believe
the wounded souls
that seem more evil
than us
just reacted in a different way
to their injuries

different from the way
we reacted to ours

not in a worse way
just in a different one

they have grown shields around them
which protect them against all future attacks
all future injuries
all future pain

shields they don’t have to feel fear behind

i believe in this

i believe
the more evil men’s acts are
the more cruel
the more insensitive
the more resistant shields they have grown around their souls

their deeds are not evil
or cruel
or insensitive
because they are evil

their deeds are evil
and insensitive
because pain can’t get through their shields

neither their pain from the inside out
nor that of others’ pain from the outside in

they have grown perfect protection around their souls
perfect shields
perfect prisons

although originally they didn’t want anything else
but to become insensitive to their own pain

it’s new year’s day
and i’m wandering in the desert
thinking about the future of my family

and that’s why I’m telling you this
davka today

because I believe
it’s crucial for the future
of our families
to understand
our enemies

these old white bullies
with their
and wealth

if we want to survive this year
if we want to survive this century

we must defeat them

yes, i believe
they are not our opponents

yes, i believe
they don’t have a debate with us

yes, i believe
it’s not about
the differences of  opinions
any more

it’s about
our bodies
our planet
our future

they need to consume them all
to feel invulnerable

i believe
our enemies
cannot be defeated with hatred

they are ready for hatred
they eat hatred for breakfast

they have grown their shields against hatred

the more we hate them
the stronger their shields will become

the more we hate them
the stronger they will become

there’s no way defeating them this way

i don’t know
if not this way
if not with hatred
i really have no idea

but certainly not with hatred

because the strategy
that makes our enemies stronger
is a bad strategy

and for 2019
we need a good strategy

let’s start
with not hating
our enemies
in 2019

happy new year

About the Author
a wandering aramean poet / born in hungary / living in israel / longing for a home / and peace / outside and inside // he writes about his new life / and his old one / his adhd and asd / his adonayush / and war and coexistence / in israel / in the middle east / and in the world // hundreds of his poems are available in hungarian / and in a weekly increasing number also in english // “self-appointed poet” (“önjelölt költő”) / his first book of poems / was published in budapest in 2021 / "twelve points of barukh" ("barukh tizenkét pontja") his second book was published in 2022 // he lives in the kurdish suburbs of jerusalem / with his wife and two sons
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