Peace on Earth
christmas, 1989

A six-pointed star
in the eyes of a Polish child
lighting her first shabbas candle fading
into a painted cross on the Berlin Wall
gnarled Lithuanian hands at prayer
a dictator's statue ground into dust
(SINTI-What?)

Before the flickering screen
goes dead rows of erupting houses
the rockets' red glare where
are all these brown children
running scrambling around the globe
flames through the rubble
bombs bursting in air
Panama Nablus Gaza
tear gas cloluding the Natal sun.

THIS IS A GIFT FROM THE PEOPLE
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA*
quick cut
the crackling Yule Log
in an iron grate.

*stamped in large print on all emergency food packages sent to conquered
countries

~ Audre Lorde