'Remember': poem in memory of Juliano Mer Khamis

'Our paths never crossed'

our paths
never crossed
work
mind
ideology
daily
I’m sure
***
artist
teacher
director
advocate
intellect
father
son
funny man
much more
***
5 bullets
casings on the floor
blood painting the pavement
masked gunman gone
people chattering
fingers pointing
Israeli media
and politicians
sharpening knives
***
won’t let him rest
five minutes
before digging in
for points
serving an agenda
he fought daily
won’t let his kids
process
breathe
mourn
break down
gasp for breath
***
don’t know
what runs through
someone’s veins
before that trigger
is pulled
what excuse
what idea
allowed
oxygen to enter
that motion
***
wanted to meet you
shake hands
share coffee
say
keep working
it is appreciated
it is loved
it is felt
now
rest in peace
rest assured
your memory will
be a theater
open nights
until justice is served
freedom is brought
and a stage is set
that pities this landscape Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American poet, writer, and activist living in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine and the author of the newly released collection of poetry and CD, Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine. For more information, visit www.PoeticInjustice.net.