Peace & Its Discontents*
Let’s draw a line
and reach an understanding
that we will not
step across it
but then who is to decide
what is righteous?
The loose ends, the cul-de-sacs
in the labyrinth in our heads
often spill on to the other side;
where our tolerance resides.
And then the discontent,
fermenting underneath with gnomic intent,
like Azaan at the crack of dawn
will pierce through this uneasy peace,
long after stillness has settled
in our clattering teeth.
© Dan Husain
February 11, 2006
* The title is not original. It is the title of one of the books that Edward Said wrote on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace accord.