Poem : The Bullet

The energy of that bullet
propelled by hate
has been absorbed
by the machinery of peace.

The force of that bullet
released by fear
has pushed even harder
the process of peace.

The sound of that bullet
that screamed denial
has echoed the unity
of the voice of peace.

What began with a bullet
will not be ended by one.

copyright simon lenthen 2015

This poem was written on the occasion of the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin. Is it wrong of me to be relieved that the shooter was an orthodox Jew? Unfortunately, the intended outcome has been achieved. The middle east is still a tinder box. The peace process, stalled and standing in the front yard of neglect.


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