GAZA NAMES!

Names 1 copy
(Dedicated to the children of Gaza)

Each one of these names had a life,
Each one of these names was a child of God
Ammar
Ibrahim
Khaled
Dunia
Each one of these names I helped to kill.

From across the oceans
their names travelled
hundreds of names, hundreds of lives
inscribed on paper
now drenched in the light of God.

On the sanctuary of the church they rest
bathing in the light of God, Allah, Elohim.
God who doesn’t see Jews,
God, who doesn’t see Christians,
God who doesn’t see Muslims.

Their names rise up to heaven
In a whirlwind of bombs and bullets they rise,
Into the arms of mercy they climb,
Their terror is no more.

But what of the living?
What of the killers in the name of God, Allah, Elohim?
What of the killers in the name of the State?
What of the mothers whose desolation will always be?

In the name of God we kill and lame,
God is feigned in our own image and likeness.
In the name of God we bring shame to ourselves
In the name of God we trample God’s light.

Each one of these names had a life,
Each one of these names was a child of God
Ammar
Ibrahim
Khaled
Dunia
Each one of these names I helped to kill.

©Wilfredo Benitez 7/31/14

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