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Thursday, June 02, 2011


Poem by Charles Frederickson; Graphic by Saknarin Chinayote

Despite Obama's 'clarification' speech, neither he nor Netanyahu
succeeded in convincing the other to change his stance.
From the Israeli's point of view, that's just fine for now.

Childhood memories grow-up without within
Refugee camps blood-let rainbows drained
Eternal dusk sunset unsettling dawn
Fallen crescent stardust ember ashes

Youth wasted on disillusioned young
Eternal life stale old farts
Mortality too close for comfort
Shattered mirror image staring back

Born to somebody else’s outlaw
Becoming yet another homeless vagrant
Second-coming neither thereby nor hereafter
In-denial transfigured status displaced lost

What should’ve been chances will-‘o-the-wisp
Fugitive clouds spoiled rations disclaimed
Hardened pillars for lonesome lot
Kismet kisses smacking of salt

Green pitted olives turn black
Mulberry tree refusing to relinquish
Right to bear bittersweet berries
Overripe figs pungent coffee swirls

Marble shadows blend-in midst rubble
Borderless stonewall cracks barbs snipped
Prideful fury enraged falcon gaze
Homeland macrocosmic focus proclaiming “Salaam!”

No Holds Bard Dr. Charles Frederickson & Saknarin Chinayote together comprise PoeArtry. Flutter Press has just published Charles’ new chapbook fanTHAIsies.