Mahmoud Ghanim
Pacifism is a cliché, I shoot people with my camera, cut their heads in Photoshop

Do you agree with this poetry from the other side of the wall?

(Wikimedia Commons)
(Wkimedia Commons)

The ones who lead us to the troubles, who?

Now I am going to tell you, bro

The problem is not the two fighting kids

The problem is with the greedy elders

Even though they get grey and bold

They are like mountains, selfish, and solid

Yes, they remain

Like this mountain

With this selfish brain

They transmitted this to the poor public

Like a field who inherits the snake

All kinds of change happened in the creation

But the disaster kept us in the same situation

Maybe we all had blind eyes from our mother

Maybe we don’t want to see each other together

Look at the nations who were lagging and dragging

How they melt like a song with changing

Look at people who you called slaves

Are filing the world with freedom flags

Look at what the west did in Berlin

And you call them “no emotions”!

To let the beauties wear jewelry

They pulled down walls of slavery

Look at Europe in 1990

Opened the east to the west widely

Shame on us to keep talking, shame on us to stay apart

Shame on us to still say west and south

Look also at the world of civilization how they changed international laws

And we instead of laws, are changing the color of the ties

On Whom we are putting our dependency?

On the people who claimed democracy?

They give ten % to the needy

And steal the ninety

We became like coffee poured in cups

Boiled on the flames of death

And every couple of years we create war and tensions

For someone to win the elections

So if you are in your seventies

Don’t blame us who are in our twenties

And finally in this region, if we want to have a peace agreement

We should realize that this mentality is dangerous and outdated.

And should be treated.

About the Author
Mahmoud Ghanim, 29, Bethlehem/Palestine: a peace and environmental activist. A poet and writer part of Yala Young leaders for citizen Journalism a project of Peres center for peace and innovation, which connects young leaders from across the middle east and north Africa online.
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