Complacency – A Poem

By Katherine Mukhar

We, the complacent ones
Basking with Peace
"They are wrong!
Why resist?
Stop the terrorists!”

We, the complacent ones
With Peace
As our house guest
Come and go freely
We have a voice
Yet remain silent
Gagged by Apathy

We, the complacent ones
Know we shrapnel?
Know we napalm?
Know we occupation?
Know we loss of homeland?
Know we despair?
Know we fear of tomorrow?
We, the complacent ones
How smug we are!
Had a child
shot by a sniper?
Home bulldozed today?
Great-great grandpa’s trees
burned down?

We, the complacent ones
Look to our past
Our forefathers
Terrorists? Résistance?
The side of the wall
Decides the label

Munch our chips
as Death walks Palestine

Child dies in father’s arms

Reach for beer
More nuts
Watch the show

are no more than
complacent ones
after all

-Katherine Mukhar lives in Amman, Jordan. She contributed this piece to

Help the Palestine Chronicle Build a Movement of Truth

Please help us continue with this vital mission. To make a contribution using your Paypal account or credit card, please click HERE Or kindly send your contribution to: PO Box 196, Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043, USA

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.