From Israel to the U.S.A.,
around the world hatred grows.
like the odious weed that it is,
has roots that grow both strong and deep.
Do we really,
as a nation,
want to tend this hate
as if were a victory garden,
meant to be sustenance throughout the ages?
We are only 2% of America,
hardly a bite of the pie,
Israel is but a hangnail of a nation,
but we’re hated
as if we’re a malignant, ruling party.
Do most people know what being a Jew means?
I’ve heard from the ignorant
that we do not believe in God, and
that we killed Jesus.
Millions killed to sustain a lie
that was written thousands of years ago.
That one martyr said,
“I am the son of God.”
Jews believe we are all sons and daughters of God.
Doesn’t the Christmas carol say?
“Born is the king of Israel.”
Another song hopes for peace and love,
“He will bring us goodness and light.”
Do the haters know
they would be worshipping idols
if it weren’t for our father, Abraham
who sensed God as not an object,
but a metaphysical Being?
Did Jesus foresee box cars
of martyrs rumbling home to God
in the most deplorable way known,
dying as the tracks clickity-clacked
to death camps?
Would he have wanted anyone to be killed,
this Prince of peace,
in whose name so many were
and are being murdered?
Would he have signed off
on a constant hate?
Did our fathers
and the fathers of our fathers
feel the twisted sticks of death,
before and after, throughout all time?
for hatred begets hatred,
and that hatred scars history
as if it were a tattoo on an arm
never to be erased.
Did Abraham go into a cave
to find a book about all history,
and was our fate written there?
Yet he still pursued God
with love within his heart.
So we love and we love
for love is the key
that opens His door.
God grows our souls
amidst the dandelions and the concrete,
those who tender the soil with love beyond the madness.