poetry archive: חלקים / pieces

2 october / 24 tishrei

our bodies
are
beautiful.
we are not pieces
on a chess board
to be played with.

anachnu b’chelekim,
we are in pieces
because
we are split up.
cut up
with the sharp, sharp knife
which divides

pieces
of ourselves
at war
with each other.
the arab-jewish dialogue group
is an act of slow suicide.

partitions
are colonial in nature,
always imposed
from above,
never
from heaven.

anachnu b’chelekim we are in pieces
blown to smithereens
bombed out,
shot up,
strung up,
strung out,
shocked to the ground,
gas in lungs,
sacks on heads,
beaten behind closed doors,
beaten on street corners
in broad daylight
while bystanders observe,
we are in pieces

assimilation divides
as we pick and choose
the parts of ourselves to display
each
one
is a cut
on
our souls

as we try our very best
to make ourselves at home
in the colonizer’s house,
unwanted guests of necessity,
blasphemers
of our mother’s religion.

anachnu b’chekelim,
we are in pieces
to partition, chalak,
is to dismember
and so,
our bodies
are in pieces
and the blood
is everywhere

our lovers’ bodies
also b’chelekim
are slipping
against our own
falling
messily
into the empty spaces
where we have cut
ourselves.

it is a bloodbath.
ghosts fill the cracks
and inherit the no-man’s land
the demilitarized zone between the borders demilitarized
only
because the soldiers themselves,
cracks in their armor in their skin in their souls,
were drowning in it,
unable
to hold.

but,
our bodies
are beautiful,
and
we hold
and
we love
and
we become
each other.

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About mirit mizrahi

artist, writer, activist, giant. זהירות! אני מזרחית
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