Volume 34, Number 4

Survivors’ Stories

They have much in common
those who survived.
All are shocked.
All are traumatised.
All are filled with hatred
for the perpetrators.

The Israeli survivors went home
to homes still intact
or rapidly rebuilt
to hospitals  
ready to dispense care 
when needed
to lives
to be resumed
when they were healed.

The Gaza survivors
have no homes
to return to
only the rubble
of their dreams.
No hospitals
to dispense care
when needed
to lives
to be resumed.
To no food
no water
no heat.
No roads
to flee along.
No way back
only rubble
and hatred.

And what then?
What follows
in the next instalment.

—Lynn White