Samir and his Cat Sami

So when the bombs starting falling
Samir and Sami made a pact: they would

Stick together at whatever the cost; they
Kissed their cousin Mariam when she

Was slain at Jabalia, and they comforted
The injured when Shifa drowned into

The dark; they helped Auntie get away
When she tripped amidst the maelstrom,

And the dreaded white phosphorus was
Raining from the stars; they comforted the

Little ones as they headed south towards
Khan Yunis, and they didn’t even panic

When their apartment was attacked, with the
Armies of Hell encroaching and death whirl-

Ing all around them. And the love that they
Had for one another was so great that the

Zionists didn’t have enough weapons to blot
It out with all their killing, hatred, and lies

• This poem was inspired by the true story of Mohammed Nasir and his cat Lulu. You can meet them here.

David Penner’s articles on politics and health care have appeared in Dissident Voice, CounterPunch, Global Research, The Saker blog, OffGuardian and KevinMD; while his poetry can be found at Dissident Voice, Mad in America, and Also a photographer, he is the author of three books of portraiture: Faces of The New Economy, Faces of Manhattan Island, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at Read other articles by David.