Song of Jerusalem Neighbors.
What proves I am not your enemy? Our dogs fight. Your music gets in my hair, you think my voice has a bad odor. Your laundry hanging or drying on the ground looks like mine. My prayer shawl is invisible, I'll be buried in it--your Islamic robe covers you with clouds. I look at your wife's red bra, you look at my wife's black lace panties. We each have handkerchiefs for weeping. We are suspicious of cans and pots of geraniums, blue and pink anemones. Who brought 613 laws to the Sinai, red ants? I don't gloat when it rains only on my side of the barbed wire. When I broke my arm I thought something in your eye twisted it. I thought your baby was beautiful-- I don't want her to kill anybody. You say, "Unless I get to you first. This is middle-class donkey shit." Neither of us curses in his own language. Jehovah and Allah are lollipops for the motherfuckers who find war sexually attractive.
STANLEY MOSS is the author of The Skull of Adam (1979), The Intelligence of Clouds (1989), Asleep in the Garden (1997), A History of Color (2003), New and Selected Poems (2006), Rejoicing (2009), and God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike (2011). He is also the founder of Sheep Meadow Press, a nonprofit press devoted to poetry, with a particular focus on international poets in translation.
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|Title Annotation:||five poems|
|Author:||Moss, Stanley (American writer)|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2015|
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