The Global Human: Social Comments

Poems: “Jihad” and “Olives”

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2014/10/27

For more than a decade, Fred Jeremy Seligson at Children’s Peace Train has been collecting drawings from children and conducting Peace Train workshops. In his poetry, he makes adults see how their actions affect children. The poems, with their short sharp lines, as shown in “Jihad” and “Olives” below, are precise and powerful.

JIHAD

By Fred Jeremy Seligson

Drawing from the Children's Peace Train

Drawing from the Children’s Peace Train

If you
Tell a child

About
“G-d’s Will”

Make sure
You’re

Not
Talking

About
Your own

OLIVES

By Fred Jeremy Seligson

Had an olive
Tree

But now
You
Have

My girl
Used
To climb

And
Eat
Olives

Now
Your boy
Does

Why
Can’t we
Share?

 

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