clockwork

mornings in jenin 
among the almond trees

elders recite 
psalms to 
us

under besieged 
skies  

that rob us 
of our holiest 
days 

communion 
in this place 
is being denied entry 
on easter morning 

and breaking fast 
on tear gas 
from dawn to sunset 

clutching the whiplash 
of shattered kneecaps 
and lacerated 
organs 

yet 
every year, 
like clockwork 

something like
a resurgence,
a resurrection,
a rebirth,

of jesus’s
second coming 

we continue to resist 
on the scales 
of lifetimes. 

lh 
apr 2022

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