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Poems: Return is Inevitable and Love Under Apartheid

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Return is Inevitable

They wanted you
Tried to take you, make you submit
But you would not
They took you by force
Then they pretend they never knew you,
you never were, they say, you don’t exist,
renamed your destruction redemption
“We made the desert bloom”

They did the same to me.
Maybe, that is why, I see you.
I see ghosts walking through your orchards, caressing every tree, wandering through your streets, in your ruins, still tending the land.
They can not erase, the sharp metallic taste of absence of the hands that terraced these mountains and planted cacti and olives, the heart’s left behind
Falesteen
I will sing your name from the minarets, even after they transformed the mosques into bars, until
the inevitable, Return.

 

Love Under Apartheid

Under covers
toes touch
I open
my mouth
screams:
You
hold
me

Under Fire
tongues
dance
You go down
Fighting
I stand
between you
and the bullet

Under ground
Finally
together
We come
home.

About Neta Golan

Neta Golan is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. She lives in the occupied West Bank with her Palestinian husband and their three beautiful daughters- an illegal act under Israeli apartheid law.

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5 Responses

  1. just
    July 1, 2016, 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much for these breathtaking poems, Neta.

    Thank you also for ISM.

  2. silamcuz
    July 2, 2016, 7:01 am

    The inability to love, I see this everywhere among individuals who happen to possess oppressive traits, especially men in countries where sex is unregulated, and women are systematically disadvantaged to scrutinize their potential sexual partners.

    In a society where women are allowed to exercise power over herself and society, can those who are unable to love flourish? Where would they come from? If every birth depended on a woman consideration and will, would those who possess hatred in their blood, such as the Zionists, even be born?

    This is why feminism is much more important than it would appear to most people. Without feminism, we get Zionism, white supremacy, fascism, nationalism and many other societal cancers.

    Zionism is a byproduct of a society that does not place women in their rightful place.

    • Mooser
      July 2, 2016, 4:55 pm

      ” I see this everywhere among individuals who happen to possess oppressive traits, especially men in countries where sex is unregulated,”

      So which “blue laws” do you suggest we enact to regulate sex?

      “If every birth depended on a woman consideration and will, would those who possess hatred in their blood, such as the Zionists, even be born?”

      Could you explain the “hatred in the blood” mechanism? Would help mankind a lot if we could test blood for “hatred”. That would really help make regulating sex easier if we could distinguish and regulate, sexually, those with “hatred in their blood”.
      Of course, I wouldn’t want to sell them weapons, either, but that’s just me.

    • Mooser
      July 2, 2016, 5:02 pm

      “and women are systematically disadvantaged to scrutinize their potential sexual partners.”

      For those not initiated into activist-speak, I’ll translate. What “Simalcuz” is saying is that dames on the look-out for lovin’ get few chances to eyeball local talent in the male line. And it cramps their style. You dig?

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