Jan 05 2009
/ 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