“Be careful where you step”: for a Palestinian child

Eléctrica in the Desert

I lived as best I could, and then I died.

Be careful where you step: the grave is wide.

M.Burch, “Epitaph for a Palestinian Child”

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They opened the door with a ram.
They took us from the house
and fired shots at my family.

They killed my mother and four sisters,

my father and my brother’s son .
Then all my brothers were found and shot.

I stood still. I could not move.
My whole family was dead.

They lay there under rubble for sixteen days

Who will teach me now?

Where can I go?

______________________

Author’s name withheld, age 13

From Child Poets of Gaza, M. Burch, Editor,

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