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Feb 21, 2016 - Laura Martin

“Get your hands dirty”

How dare I try to summarize the words, the story, the eloquence of a master story-teller? This is not fiction. It is cold, hard history, told by an eyewitness. Palestinian, he was a victim together with his family…his village, close to the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked,… so many villages and towns in 1947. But the perception of himself as victim seems never to have crossed his mind. For this is a story of someone who “hungered and thirsted for justice”,...

Feb 20, 2016 - Laura Martin


Palestine, a place of stones,
spread on hillsides
Tempting Jesus to magically
Make bread for the masses,
Prompting the good news that
We don't live by bread alone.

cut and laid or
Piled to make a
Temple for Baal, a
Temple for Yahweh, a
Church praising Jesus, a
Mosque calling for Allah
So often in the same place
Each atop the other,
One generation replacing

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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.