Jan 05 2009

The Invasion of Gaza

Published by at 10:44 am under Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

/ Photo by Berd Whitlock /

Up until now I haven’t directly addressed the current invasion of Gaza, but I don’t want to appear to be ignoring this deeply traumatic world crisis. Although I am quite aware of politics and world events in my private life, the Poetry Chaikhana isn’t intended to be overtly political or a soapbox for me to express my own personal political perspective. It is, however, definitely intended to encourage a deeper respect for different cultures and the great world spiritual traditions. In that sense, the Poetry Chaikhana is indirectly political; it is meant to be subversive to the ‘us vs. them’ political instinct that so often leads to violence and wars.

I will just say this about the current invasion of Gaza: There is so much suffering occurring in that region that it is almost unbearable, and that suffering is being felt by people on all sides of the conflict. Sadly, this new invasion probably signals a worsening of the already frayed relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It’s one of those historical events that can’t be forgotten, and so the bitterness and wounding gets passed on to another generation. The invasion seems to be a total rejection of peace in the near future.

My heart breaks for all the peoples of the region whose pain is likely to deepen.

It’s now past time to think deeply about these issues, to question past assumptions of right and wrong, and to dig in for the necessary multi-generational process that is now required for real and honest and lasting peace in the region. Does that sound too hard? Well, there is no other way. Become patient, determined, vocal, and, most of all, continue to nurture a heart that feels, even though it may feel pain.

I am reminded of a poem a read years ago, though I’ve forgotten the author’s name:

My heart breaks


6 responses so far

6 Responses to “The Invasion of Gaza”

  1. Sandra Gothon 05 Jan 2009 at 8:29 pm

    In my rage at the situation in Gaza I decided that compassion was my only course. To be more aware of my own acts of violence in word, action, or thought. And, of course, I pray.

  2. Eliason 06 Jan 2009 at 3:24 am


    (Forgive Them Father – Lauryn Hill)


    (Children of Abraham)

    ‘My Heart breaks

    for you’

    Christos Anesti!


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  4. Lindy Warrellon 09 Jan 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I want to echo Sandra Goth’s comment as I tend to rage against the news (of Gaza) but that is less than helpful. In my helplessness, I shall try compassion.

  5. Deborah O'Brienon 09 Jan 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Can we know the legacies left to us
    of battles seeded in ancient time.
    Can we know the sorrows left to linger on in us,
    are theirs, our ancestors, not yours, mine.
    Weary, old, stories told, told too many times –
    mishmash, re hash, re hash –
    yesterday gets confused with today.
    and we are sinking in it,
    drowning in the sorrows of the past
    making the same old battles last, last,
    become part of the infrastructure.
    O ye whose roots have lost ground
    see, the sun shines on a new day,
    on an empty page.

  6. DevilPoeton 09 Jan 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I donot cry for the innocent distressed Gaza. My God is sleeping with His angels. World has become excellant resort for the lunatic leaders. Do not cry for the Gaza people. Cry to destroy the throne of God.Think of Prophet Moses. How he lead his people.God has only extended support. Let there be global cry to create sound bomb.

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