What silent communion this scene holds,
Of a life lived and one yet to unfold;
What forlorn love those encircling arms portend,
That would protect against the evils that descend
From unseen missiles yet to come with unlived years,
Where hopes and dreams dissolve into unforeseen fears
That falls like a funeral pall upon this child,
Who sits so quiet, so pensive, so mild
Beneath those crescent arms as they reach to shield
This innocent lost in this barren field.
What catastrophe is caught in this aged face,
What last years lost in silent disgrace,
What father is now absent from this scene,
What mother abandoned to a fate unseen?
How relive a life lost, what might have been?
How rekindle love in a world of sin?
How undo the infectious toxin of hate?
How understand the true terror of fate?
I share this tent of sorrow and of shame,
The darkness in the soul, the guilt and blame,
A seared image of suffering and pain–
The curse of Cain rises– once again.
By William A. Cook www.drwilliamacook.com
Since the foundation of the Modern, secular, Riba-based Israeli state, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are killed and displaced. We might never know the number of people affected by the catastrophe that Israel brought in, numbers sometimes do not matter, but what we do know and understand is the pain and betrayal that the people of Palestine have suffered. One day, Inshallah that will come to an end.
Nakba means catastrophe in Arabic. The creation of Israel on May 14 1948, and the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland is a catastrophe.