Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Tribes Of Blood by Russell Streur

The orthodox ones
From northern sand
Are killing off the animists
In southern town

The Taliban
Are slitting throats of Christians on TV
The Sufis in the hills are shooting down Shabab below
The Sunnis in the dunes are killing all the Hindus on the train

The Shiites are killing Jews
The Jews are killing Turks
The Turks are killing Kurds
The Kurds are killing Persians

The Persians want the bomb
The blues are killing greens
The Greeks are killing druses
The Sikhs die bleeding in the oaks

And whites on shooting sprees
Are killing everyone:
Blood is thicker than water—
Cheaper too.

1 comment:

donalmahoney said...

It is great to see a poem by Russell Streur, the editor of The Camel Saloon, at Poetry Bulawayo.

I hope it will encourage other Yanks to contribute work to this fine site out in Zimbabwe.

And I also hope African poets will check out The Camel Saloon and begin to show their work more often in the United States.

Communicating with each other is one important way to begin bridging a gap that should not exist.