Origins

1
Someone wrote
Israel was better off without a Jew
And I thought about
How we try to write
Profound things
And we try to turn
Pain and blood and ash
Into poetry

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Steve Schapiro
The Worst is Yet to Come, New York, c. 1968

2
I want to write simple things
Because I’m tired of the way we
Create new things
I’m tired of the way we collect
I don’t see star dust
In my skin
That’s the thing
I see ash …
I’m ready to grow old
I’m ready to do nothing
I’m ready to sleep
3
Someone once wrote
That artist just want to be seen
They want to feel safe
And I would have to agree
Safe
Is a very good thing
Free to express
And even just – be
I think we all
Are slowly becoming un-young
And we need safe people
4
I can have very dark
Water
Running deep inside me
I can have fire in my eyes
I can be silent
And I can speak …
She has so much soul
Burning like iron
In her blood
I love her
In a way
That I don’t even
Can’t even…
She see’s me
That’s all I know

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