#agrowingoldpoem Session 2

#agrowingoldpoem Session 2 – 1505251515_1647

skywave surfing

 

A growin gold
poem? There’s sure something gold-
en in growing old.

Pains, itches, the growing
list of things you can’t do
again &/or ever,

the wrinkles, bruises,
sores, bloatings, thinnings, & other
unmentionables,

the parts of you that
don’t function as they used to –
they’re all part of it,

of your new freedom
from responsibilities
of the midst of things,

& you’re no longer
seeking or exploring rings
of heaven or hell,

free, many waking
moments, to be doing
what you want to do.

Well, I think that’s one
way of putting it, in an
eight haikus cycle.

A Growing Old Poem

A growing old poem
that’ll grow as I olden
& end when I can’t
 
In less than two weeks
I’ll be 79, not
fit any more for much
 
except monitor
mouse & keyboard, making my
bed, meals, & show’ring

 

What is a breath? An
inhale? An exhale? The gap
between life & death

 

She is here
I am there
She’s outside, calling to the magpie family she fosters
I’m inside, in a far country on my newsfeed
& thanks to her calls I now hear the birds chirping
& see sunlight on leaves & air
& now she’s there
with her art in her studio
& I am here

 

Hot tea, I do love
hot tea. & a vape of dope
for a new session?
 
Session – from Latin
sedere, to sit. I’m sitting.
Still here. No newsfeed,
 
the music of hai-
ku still in my head, a beat
to the wind outdoors
 
long pauses with naught
particular in mind, &
nothing needs to come
 

OK, that’s enough.
There are causes I embrace
as I can, online
 

&/but before that
let’s publish these first bursts of
this growing old pome

 

Imagining a Binational State of Palestine (Israeland)

fbbnbanner memeI’ve just started a Facebook page.
You can visit it here. I hope this opens up for everyone who isn’t on Facebook; please let me know if it doesn’t.
If you wish to participate but are not on Facebook, please comment here.

Solidarity with the Legitimacy Struggles of Arab Palestinians & Jewish Israelis

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As Richard Falk wrote in the concluding paragraphs of his latest article (which I’ve reblogged), Apartheid and the Palestinian National Struggle (the emphases below are mine):

The Palestinian struggle is about far more than the ‘end to occupation,’ although the concreteness of the Israeli occupation of Palestine lends itself to visualization, as would Israeli withdrawal, and this partly explains why so many liberal activists equate peace with ending the occupation. Yet conceiving the conflict in this territorial manner is profoundly misleading. It ignores the depth and complexity of what is at stake for both Jews and Palestinians, but especially for Palestinians. I consider the Palestinian national struggle within its broader scope and less distinct parameters as a persisting struggle to achieve the right of self-determination. Self-determination is the solemn promise of common Article 1 in the two international human rights covenants made to all peoples in the world, in effect, a legal, moral, cultural, and frequently a political entitlement to determine collective destiny so long as the equal right of other peoples is not encroached upon. These 1966 covenants set forth the content of international human rights law in their most authoritative treaty form. The extended inability to realize this right is the core tragedy of the Palestinian people, informing the hardships and humiliations of daily life.

In some respects, even describing the Palestinian goal in the language of self-determination is too restrictive, and by itself, not very clarifying. Ultimately the preconditions and contours of a just and sustainable peace is what should concern us most. It is an outcome that controversially also addresses the overlapping and conflicting right of self-determination enjoyed by those of Jewish identity who are now long enough resident in Israel to possess their own legitimate basis for claiming self-determination. The key strategy of accommodation is to find the best formula for reconciling these basic competing claims of self-determination, and to reject as unacceptable contentions of their fundamental incompatibility or their resolution by force of arms. It is important at this stage to recognize that Israeli unilateralism and Zionist maximalism are making it increasingly difficult for the affected parties to find such a formula, much less give it life.

Falk goes on to summarize “the basic drift of [his] argument”:

             – UN authority was not able to obtain a solution;
– armed struggle and international statecraft were tried, but both failed to resolve the conflict or improve the Palestinian position;
– what this leaves is either Israeli unilateralism, carrying out the Zionist endgame of incorporating the whole of Jerusalem and the West Bank into Israel, and claiming to be the state of the entire Jewish people, or a Legitimacy War victory by the Palestinian people that induces a cycle of ‘new diplomacy’ on a level playing field;
– in the interim, any further attempts to revive the Oslo diplomacy, even should they enjoy the cynical support of the Netanyahu government should be resisted as a dead end that is more harmful to the Palestinian struggle than is facing the realities of Israeli expansionism.

I agree with almost everything that Falk writes, except that it isn’t self-evident to me that the claims to legitimacy & self-determination of Arab Palestinians & Jewish Israelis need to be conflicting &/or competing. & it occurs to me that the necessary “accommodation” or “formula for reconciling” these claims is to see them both as legitimate, to encourage both the Arab Palestinians & the Jewish Israelis who seek a peaceful resolution to see themselves as partners in a common endeavor to create a bi-national state that assures self-determination to both national groupings.

In an earlier part of his article, Falk pointed out that with the first Intifada, the Palestinian national struggle had become a movement “from the bottom up”. I made a meme of this part of his article, & posted it on Facebook:

My hope is that the “bottom-up” seekers of peace and accommodation of both national groupings will find ways to support one another’s struggles for legitimacy, & of working together to draw up a blueprint for a just bi-national solution. Which is why I feel there is a need for solidarity with both.

 

Apartheid and the Palestinian National Struggle

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I think this article by Richard Falk is marvelous. I’ve shared it, & excerpts from it, on Facebook, & intend to continue to refer to it in future posts both there & here.

Originally posted on Global Justice in the 21st Century:

Apartheid and the Palestinian National Struggle

 

Preliminary Observations

 

In this period when the centenary of the genocidal victimization of the Armenian people in 1915 is being so widely observed and discussed, it seems especially appropriate to call attention to the comparable victimization of the Palestinian people. This second story of prolonged collective victimization also received its jump start almost a century ago with the issuance by the British Foreign Office of the Balfour Declaration supporting the Zionist movement project of establishing a Jewish national home in historic Palestine. The most striking difference between these two experiences of severe historical wrongs is that the Armenian people are seeking acknowledgement and apology for what was done to their ancestors a century ago, and possibly seeking reparations, while the Palestinian people may sometime in the future have the opportunity to seek similar redress for the past but now their urgent focus…

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Never Again? Or All the Bloody Time? – An Open Letter to Everyone Who Can Read

(on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 19, 2015)

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Originally, this was going to be ‘An Open Letter to
the World’s Leaders & Their Corporate Patrons’,
& it began like this:
 
Undear Leaders, Presidents, Premiers, Prime Ministers,
Chairpersons, Dons, Bosses, Chiefs, whatever you
have your subordinates call you, of nations signatory
to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, & of
gangs, juntas, & multinational corporations
(yes, definitely not “Dear Leaders, Presidents, etc.” –
the only way you guys & gals are dear is that you cost
so many of us so much of our lives &/or livelihoods,
while you feed enough of us even to obesity
& glut our minds with hi-tech entertainment
so we ignore whatever else you’re doing & not doing,
giving enough of us a good enough life to keep us willing
to elect you or whoever’s running against you, knowing
it doesn’t make much difference, you all serve the same
system. It’s not enough to make me want to call you “Dear”.
 
Yes, a lot of us owe you a lot, but since it’s at the expense
of the things you do that keep the war profiteers happy
& the resources profiteers happy & the things you don’t do
to prevent the oppression, the dispossession, the murder
or massacre or genocide of so many of us in many places,
the violation of human rights, today, & in the past, too,
& the pollution & the continuing warming of our planet;
for you there are always people, peoples, generations,
that are disposable, dispensable, all with a present
& a future that’s disposable, dispensable.
 
I see I’ve already said much of what I wanted to say to you,
so what remains to be said can come from two quotes:
“I want you to know we can see through your masks.”
“You talk the [Never Again] talk, but you don’t walk the walk.”)
 
But it’s never just the leaders, it’s us, all of us,
living our lives without any active concern
for oppressed people & peoples everywhere
& for future generations on our overheating planet.
 
We need to wake up to the creeping, ongoing holocaust
that is continuing today in so many places
& ultimately threatening to destroy all life on our planet.
We all need to give some of our time to activism.
Only mass activism, only mass solidarity,
mass solidarity with the oppressed everywhere,
& mass activism for our planet’s ecology,
can change the present’s truth of All the Bloody Time
to a real future truth of Never Again!