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    Poems of the Month, October 2014: “Jihad” and “Olives”

    Text: Solveig Hansen

    He is on the children’s side. 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.

    Seligson was partnering with IFLAC to organize the IFLAC Children’s Peace Train Poetry Festival 2014 – the results of which will soon be published as an e-book.

    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?

     


    One Comment on “Poems of the Month, October 2014: “Jihad” and “Olives””

    1. adaaharoni06 says:

      Thanks Jeremy for your lovely and thoughtful short peace poems, may your suggestion be listened to!
      Ada Aharoni

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