Poem: The Good Ship Rachel Corrie

Israelis called the “Rachel Corrie” “Linda”
as they boarded it to force it into port,
they couldn’t call it by its real name
for shame of crushing everyone for sport.

It’s not enough they shot the other folk
for trying to get through the false blockade,
it’s not enough Israel defies humanity
with its hypocrite’s democracy charade

It doesn’t seem enough this well-armed country
thumbs its nose at basic civilization
for other than themselves, who suffered
such humiliating annihilation

How the world can let this continue on
is more than I can understand at all —
have we all no shame to hurry to the aid
of those who must endure Israeli gall?

America’s hands were bloody from the start,
our own natives know how just we are,
African Americans tell harrowing tales
of where we stand pretending that we’re fair.

This can’t continue as it is, for both
the Palestinians as well as Jews.
O wake us, God, from this dark nightmare
before we all hang dangling from this noose.

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Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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6 Responses to Poem: The Good Ship Rachel Corrie

  1. Luqman says:

    Superb and encompassing of all that needs to be said about the breakdown in the relationship between humanity and virtue.


  2. Adnan says:

    Sallam alaykum sidi Daniel.
    Subhan’Allah what a magnificent poem! May Allah continue to reward and bless you and increase you in wisdom. Amin.
    Love it.


  3. 1markt says:

    The hand of Israel will be the destruction of the world and they do not care what consequence befalls the rest of the world, they are only concerned with themselves.


  4. Habiba says:

    “How the world can let this continue on
    is more than I can understand at all”

    Whatever means at our disposal.. one can’t help but feel helpless when it comes to Palestine. Allah swt is all Powerful, Ya Rabi ease their pain. Amiin


  5. Yes, Habiba, one can spend a lifetime rationalizing everything, how this led to that, how that is a reaction to this, etc. But the spiral continues with, as you say, helplessness and heartbreak from our human side. Only Allah, first and finally, only Allah… and as those who submit, humans engaging with their humanity above all, from all sides of an argument… the only way.


  6. Sadiq Alam says:

    Mashallah Sidi,
    Thank you for sharing this timely expression of yours.

    “O wake us, God, from this dark nightmare” – amen to that.


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