A Black Widow Waits by John Mackie

As they shut off the power
For water and light
This is her ambition – to
Write in nails across
The hardened hearts of those
Who built a metal wall on
The glass flecked
Rubble of her mother’s house

By the collateral crater
That swallowed her son
A Caterpillar tracks
In her father’s garden

Behind an eyeless window
She straps on

The explosive silence
Of her suicide

In the unquiet black of
Powerless Gaza

 

israel bombing

 

 

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