The Gospel of Mirrors

for peace activists in Palestine and Israel

Palestine—our land—
Israel—our land—

this land—my land—
your land—

our humanity—

rich in blood and tears—
prophecy and poetry—

fertile forced coitus—
of light and lust—


While we raise
this glass of gore
in honor of grudges
new and old—

while we slaughter
our enemy-kin—

We turn into
the horror
we abhor—

We turn into

into this slaughterhouse—

this land—
our land—

the world—

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 250 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books including Songs of Exile and Letters to My Father. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). Her social media links are: LinkedIn; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter Bänoo, along with Cy Strom, is the co-editor of the anthology: Woman Life Freedom: Poems for the Iranian Revolution, scheduled for publication in 2025. Read other articles by Bänoo.