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Dec 8, 2004 5:38 pm


STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST TERROR IN NEW JERSEY



My favorite Hanukah song has always been -

We came to chase away the darkness

In our hands we carry light and fire

Each one of us is a small light

But together we are a formidable light

On Sunday we gathered, a group of over 100 Christians Jews and Muslims, for an interfaith prayer meeting in Southern New Jersey dedicated to peace and opposition to terror. We tried to think globally and act locally. I liked best a poem Farhat Biviji wrote and read about Beslan -

On Sunday

The angels cried

surely they must have cried

How could they not have cried?

The day the children of Beslan

So many children of Beslan, died

The mothers waited outside the school house

The mothers pleaded outside the school house

Help me God! Help me!

Save my little children!

My poor, innocent, innocent little children

The children huddled inside the school house

hundreds of little children

terrified little children

hungry, thirsty little children

Oh God! Help them. Help these little children

The bodies were brought outside the school house

The mothers wailed outside the school house

My baby! Oh my baby

What have they done to you

What have they done to you

Your body torn by bullets

I sheltered within my womb

Your arm, dismembered and discarded

I still feel its warm softness around my neck

How do I live now? Please God, let me die

The mothers shrieked in agony

a raw, primordial shriek

of pain so unbearable

of pain so unspeakable

it reached the ears of angels

In anger the angels thundered

surely they must have thundered

How could they not have thundered?

The day

the dark, evil day

the children of Beslan

were murdered December 2004




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