IN THE M.A.S.H. OF LOVE|
bamboo # 238 - anis 21 october 2006 - tr. from the german "im lazarett der liebe"
contribution to the project "poets for palestine" by al jisser in new york, www.aljisser.org
in the m.a.s.h. of love - the wings in cast - the sheet from memory rumpled - soldiers running everywhere - trooping into the homes - looking under the beds - they grab with their hands - speak under the helmets - they do anything they like - then they depart -- i am the other - the other other - i see the field - in which a boy is reading books - while tending melons - he is lying in the sun - and wants to study - in jerusalem - the broken city - back then - there were cities here - we had villages and a land - it is destroyed - by walls - they cut the land - like knives - by streets - they rip the soil - tanks tear - bloody wounds - into the land -- all are looking for - the enemy - somewhere out there in the fog - he is - we must find him - before he explodes - among us - he seeks to destroy - for he hates us - hating us much - since eternity - this is why we're doing that - because they hate us - the papers write it day by day -- back then - it was one land - the land of the wild thorn - and the rose of jericho -- in the m.a.s.h. of love - with glued eyes - i see - your heart - always one person - arrives with a second person - the second person - whispers - the first bears - the pass - the second is mighty and invisible - the first person speaks - the second had whispered -- i am the other - the other other - an archer - i shoot arrows - when the wind blows -- fleur au fusil - tambour battant - il va - il a vingt ans - un cur d'amant - qui bat -- i lie - in the m.a.s.h. of love - look-a-there - you say - the fireworks - your finger pointing to the window - in your eyes shine the - tanks tear - bloody wounds - you are looking up - over the walls - into the sky - the beautiful helicopters - you know my darling - you say - one day the enemy - is dead - and everything will be fine - we will forget the past - and find a brandnew start -- scars - demolished city - unreal city - jerusalem - knives are cutting the land - gunshots - are killing - obstacles on the streets - from out of the air - gunshots - in the air - low level jets - in the nights - i do not sleep - the ground is trembling from - funerals - war shouts - i am the other other from the forgotten people - the oppressed people - there stands - army number four - searching borders - its state has no borders - looking for the enemy - with army number one - saying that they come with god - inventing bombs - to split the land - like a rotten bone -- in the m.a.s.h. of love - with broken words