Travel Tickets

 It is less than a week since Remembrance Sunday and the news of yet more major violence in the Middle East is depressing.   

Praying for peace seems a waste of time and yet that is all I can do. 

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Travel Tickets

The day I’m killed

my killer will find

tickets in my pockets:

One to peace,

one to fields and the rain,

and one

to humanity’s conscience.
I beg you–

please don’t waste them.

I beg you, 

you who kill me:  


–Samih al-Qasim

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