two sons of abraham

two sons of abraham

two israelite kingdoms
north and south

one destroyed
and then the other

two temples
both destroyed

two jewish revolts
two intifadahs

two roman empires
west and east

one destroyed
and then the other

two churches in schism
two islams in contest

none destroyed

two prophets rejected
two religions born to contend

two satans
great and little

two world wars
two genocides

two persian gulf wars

two towers

north and south
east and west

one destroyed
and then the other

two peoples from abraham
two states in Palestine

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(I wrote the above April 22, 2002)

3 thoughts on “two sons of abraham

    1. Thank you for that poem, I’ve read it a few times. Abraham killing Isaac is an idea I’d heard of, but what is really shocking is how the poem takes you, almost imperceptibly at first, to the First World War. Horrifying and haunting. Gives me something new to think about, both with Genesis and war.

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