Saturday, July 29, 2006

Lebanon

How little do I know of your shores
this fair country
this fair city
lost in a cloud of smoke and flame

How many more bombs will fall in this land?
How many more mountains will crumble into the sea?
How many more prices will be paid for destructive means?
How many more souls will be lost in these hours?

How far away are my hands
from your sand and your rubble?
How far are my eyes
from your sorrow and your shame?
How far is my mind
from a pride this is so bold and unnerving?
How far is my blood
from that which runs in both your veins
and in your streets?

Very far indeed
Very far indeed

My hands only hold these questions
rhetorical questions
sung and danced and cried
repeatedly
through the generations of the ages

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Beirut
Haifa
and to all those that love them
may they truly receive
the light of this world.

Jp

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jared!

I finally got a chance to catch up with your blog. Lovely poem, very heartfelt. Thank-you. I would like to wish you a hearty welcome to the mid-late 20's! Can you believe that I will be 29 this year? I can hardly believe that. But it is a nice place to be. Age eases into you without really trying. It's quite lovely, and I look forward to someday rocking in a chair making some aweful cross stitch for my grand child, hehe.
So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May this year bring with it all you dream of.

As for the "Spirited Energy" thing, I have been avoiding even finding out what that is about. But I suppose I should. I don't think it will affect my life in any significant way. But now that I have a motivation to explore it, I will do so and send you my thoughts at a later date.

Thanks for the visit while you were in town. It was fabulous to see you! I wish you well back in Africa, land of color and heat. Keep in touch you! Das ist importante! I will look forward to reading the next blog.

always
kristjanna

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that makes one
TW

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Happy Belated Birthday Brother!

I miss making fun of you....you best come back to Canada so I can resume the topic of "You Know How I Know You're a Hippy??"

I'm with you on the whole controversy over the Manitoba slogan thing.....whoever concocted the idea of having an American firm choose the next slogan for Manitoba was obviously on acid.

Good poem by the way....Go Israel!

Peace.

~Liz (your quirky Dynes roomie)

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did she just say "go israel"?

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is TW saying? That makes one... What one person who likes Jared's blog? TW Go Home.. back to hicksville with the other inbred close minded fundamentalists. Jared I love your blog and your poetry. f

2:16 PM  
Blogger jpmozambique said...

Yeah I am not quite sure what TW is saying...but it certainly is nice to hear from you Kristjanna and same for you Liz. It's been a long time.

At this time I don't think it is appropriate to "cheer" for any side in this conflict. Here's to hoping that we can have a ceasefire worked out soon before more innocents perish and more irrevocable damage is done in that land.

Let peace be the way

Jp

4:38 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I know Jared asked me not to comment on his site... and I'm going to stay away from the TW comment and the "go israel" comment with a ten-foot pole (don't think it was written with ill-thoughts or with the interpretation that a jackass like me could put on it). Glad to see you write about that stuff Jared... but what about the civil war in the ivory coast? the angolan forgotten war? the 3 million people killed in the war in the congo? the uprisings in nigeria? somalian civil war? sudanese conflict over darfur?

I'm not calling you out - I'm not saying you don't think about these things... I know you as a compassionate understanding dude - I know you don't just care about israel-lebanon... thing is - we don't hear anything about the african wars... everyone would think that the "it's poor people fighting poor people - who cares?" attitude is that which north american/world press take - but you're there... do you hear anything about those conflicts?

I'm not knocking the conflict in the middle east as insignificant. I'm not knocking Jared for writing about it - it's pressing and very serious. I would like to hear (email or on the blog) about those "silent" wars though.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Hey Jared,

This is the first time I've seen your blog, pretty sweet. I must say, it's more political than I thought it would be! Sean makes a good point, though I have to take issue with his terminology regarding the "Sudanese conflict" , I think a better choice of description would be "GENOCIDE" or "GOVERNMENT SPONSORED EXTERMINATION".

What about all the other African wars or "conflicts" that go on?. If only we had some kind of world body, a unification of the worlds nations if you will, that could step in and mediate when conflicts between nations arose. I guess for now all we can do is wish.

Happy birthday (belated) by the way. 26, my god where has the time gone. It seems like just yesterday we were shooting hoops in the back lane, waiting to jump in my pool.

Toss me an email if you get a chance.

Your old pal, J.R


P.S Go Israel!!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Tyler said...

Hey Jared, I haven't been to your site for a couple weeks now, but when I do leave a post I always address it with my name. It was great seeing you back in town. We'll finish the conversation another day.

Take care.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, in response to everyone who has decided to take offense to my comment, the "Go Israel" statement was not meant in a jackass sort of tone....if you know me, then you would know that what I'm saying right now is the truth. If you don't, well then that's your problem. I'm all for a ceasefire (from both sides), and I'm a huge advocate for peace.
-Liz

7:38 PM  

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