Sentinel Poetry (Online) #44  


ISSN 1479-425X Editor: Amatoritsero Ede                                                            


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Molara Wood


Promised Land

(Around a speech by Martin Luther King; for Yasser Arafat)  


 I have seen the promised land

In the shrunken face of a refugee

Camp. A land of milk and honey

Parched in the misery of Jenin.


We have seen the promised land

We have wept for it, and fought for it

We have bled for it, and killed for it

A fertile land with bitter fruits.


We have walked the promised land

And have lived in it lives denied

We have been fenced into it

And have been fenced out of it.


I have looked over to the promised land

A land flowing with milk and honey

And we as a people will get there

But I will not get there with you.



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