It is not a crime – The long march of folly that began in 1967

it is not a crime
to force people
into a house
and shell it

to bomb mosques
and schools

not a crime
to shoot doctors
trying to reach
children
covered in blood
near slaughtered parents

when the seeds planted
by bullets shells bombs
flower and
produce pods
incandescent as phosphorus

when they explode
roaring defiance

that will be the crime

By Amin Kassam

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