Cover Stories

(Occupied Palestine)


Checkpoints are for check ups—
That’s what the occupiers tell us;
They are concerned for our health
and well-being—That’s why they’re
always staring down our throats
and sticking their rifles up our asses.

Song Bird

the occupiers riddled the kid good.
claimed he was menacing the soldiers
who stand guard at the greenline.
they gunned him down trying to fly
the wing of a song-bird over the
hundred-foot wall of occupation.

Digging in Jenin

I am digging a grave for myself
next to my brother Mazen. I set him
to rest yesterday. Last month
it was our baby son, Ziad—
soldiers mistook his rattle for a pistol.

Dennis J Bernstein is the host/producer of Flashpoints syndicated radio news magazine on Pacifica Radio. He is author, most recently, of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International. His poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, Red River Review, etc. Read other articles by Dennis J..