Free Palestine

Free Palestine because you know you won’t
Your oppressor, much like the exceptional American,
crushes the eggs under footstep as though it were
a humanitarian gesture

Free Palestine because it’s just anti-Semitic –
Calling for freedom when your land’s been bulldozed
and grandparents expelled

Free Palestine because Palestinians were there, and you said Get Lost.
Like Trumpist xenophobes trying to scare Jews in Charlottesville
Why be the amnesiac Irish cop who turns illegal immigrants into ICE?

Free Palestine because why not?
Do lobbyists’ tongues speak louder than privation?
Can’t we pretend that you’re a white Ukraine?

As a prolific author from the Boston area, Peter F. Crowley writes in various forms, including short fiction, op-eds, poetry and academic essays. In 2020, his poetry book Those Who Hold Up the Earth was published by Kelsay Books and received impressive reviews by Kirkus Review, the New Age and two local Boston-area newspapers. His writing can be found in Middle East Monitor, Znet, 34th Parallel, Pif Magazine, Galway Review, Digging the Fat, Adelaide’s Short Story and Poetry Award anthologies (finalist in both) and The Opiate. His books That Night and Other Stories (CAAB Publishing) and Empire’s End (Alien Buddha Press) were released during the week of Friday the 13th in October 2023. Read other articles by Peter F..