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This reflection is entitled...

Ode to Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie
we have not forgotten you

I can still see you now
Standing unarmed
feet apart
in your orange fluorescent jacket
bullhorn to your lips
making your
stand
against oppression

It was almost a year ago
March 16, 2003
that you stood before
that nine-ton
Caterpillar bulldozer
trying to protect
the illegal demolition
of a Palestinian
home

The Israeli soldier
and his
commander
ran over you
crushing your
body and life
beneath the
tractors
awesome
weight

Run over by a
bulldozer
made in the
United States
and sent to
Israel as part
of its 4 billion
dollar annual aid
package

A bulldozer
destroying civilian
homes and violating
U.S law ~ which
prohibits the use of
military aid against
civilians

Your Death ignored
by the both the
Israel Army who
self-aquitted itself
and the Bush
Administration
which turned its
head away in
cowardice.

After one year
neither the FBI
or any U.S.- led
team has done
anything to
investigate your
death

Yet it took only
24 hours last year
for the FBI
to investigate
the deaths
of three
Americans
by a
Palestinian
suicide bomber

To the U.S
the Palestinians are
terrorists
and you seemingly
became
one yourself
by your humanitarian
act of courage

But you are not a
terrorist
Rachel Corrie
You are a hero
and an
inspiration
to
all of us

All of us who
resist the bulldozer
of lies and deception
from the Bush Administration
and like you
are standing
feet apart
bullhorn to our lips
making our
stand
against civil
and
political oppression

Thank you
Rachel Corrie
Your body and
life may have
been crushed
but your
indomitable spirit
lives on.

ONLY LOVE HEALS

Allen's Signature

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