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Date Added: October 03, 2005 09:10:10 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Bethlehem 2002

So, at the length of two thousand years
The Lord God commanded his only son;
"Again, again!" I say "Thou shalt be made Man,
And return to the land of thy birth,
To that place that is yet called Bethlehem."
And so it was done and Maryam with her husband,
Yusef, journeyed to the town of Bethlehem,
To the `A` land of Palestine,
That their child might be born free.

When they came the Inns were all empty,
The roads closed to travellers from the West,
The rubble was on the streets, the tanks on the hills;
And the bulldozers were hungry for houses.
When the child was born
The hospitals were filled with injured.
The curfew barred all access to the streets,
The midwives denied attendence on the labouring;
The cattle penned, and the shepherds
Driven from the hills.

The Kings sat in their tents
And talked of the Peace Process.
In Bethlehem a miracle was wrought;
The children trapped by a hail of bullets
Caught them from the air and turned them to precious stones.
Then, facing the soldiers and guns and tanks
Threw these jewels of hope back into the Holy Land.

Unto Maryam a boy child was born
While the guns rang and flares lit the sky.
Maryam and Jusef named their child Shalom,
That he might bring Peace to the world.
But King Sharon, hearing of this was enraged
And ordered his army to search throuh the town
For all the first born male children
That desired Peace for Palestine.
The roads into Egypt were all blocked;
Gaza surrounded by a desert of fear ,
Jerusalem lay divided under heaven,
From oppression and hatred
There was no escape,
So, in Betlehem, in two thousand and two,
Poor little Shalom failed to thrive.
Author's Notes:
Written as Christmas poem to highlight the great irony of the season in the place of Christ's Birth
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Comment By: FreeM J W Hayes on September 29, 2009 08:32:09 PM Report
And perpetuation of "Lebensraum" one of the great ironies,


Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on December 28, 2008 12:14:46 AM Report
Good job. My mother was there. It broke her heart. ML
Comment By: FreeSteve on December 23, 2008 08:54:10 AM Report
Excellent write and congratulations on your award.
Comment By: FreeMoon Fairy on December 23, 2008 02:41:58 AM Report
Impressive David--excellent!

Comment By: FreeAmy on December 22, 2008 04:30:55 PM Report
I enjoyed this very much. It is a brilliant piece. Glad to see it featured as I might have overlooked it. Congrats to you.
hugs ~Amy

Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on December 22, 2008 11:23:55 AM Report
David:  super congratulations on this Feature Poem Award for this excellent write.



Lady D

Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on October 18, 2005 05:00:22 AM Report
and a very good job you made of it too.
Ali x
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on October 4, 2005 12:14:30 PM Report


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