PARADOX OF THE PEACEKEEPER IN THE HOLY LAND – a poem by Michael J. Whelan

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Michael J. Whelan - Lebanon 1994 Michael J. Whelan – Lebanon 1994

PARADOX OF THE PEACEKEEPER IN THE HOLY LAND

I am forever walking upon the shore

       betwixt the sand and the foam.

       The high tide will erase my footprints,

       and the wind will blow away the foam,

        but the sea and the shore will remain forever…’

 

                                                                         Kahlil Gibran

In Lebanon I sought redemption

like the pilgrim at the crossroads of Heliopolis,

on the Bekaa’s great range where Bedouin caravans met

and Romans laid their bodies down in supplication to their gods,

to Aphrodite and Jupiter, and long before this peacekeeper came

on what seemed…

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