My heart is throwing tantrums today
Telling me to make it stop
Make her stop feeling the varying dark emotions
Which cease her at random moments
Like many different cards slotted in the same money machine.
My heart is sulking today
She said I didn’t swipe away
From the photos of dead bodies that lay
Strewn everywhere on the streets of Israel.
My heart has gotten herself a pair of muffs
To shut her ears to all the stories told
About pain and struggle and torment children face
My heart looked at my lifestyle and said ‘theirs is no way to live’
What my heart fails to get is that it touches me too
It shakes my soul the stinks of this world too
But I can barely do anything to alleviate it
And that makes my heart agitated.
She said she can’t believe I can be so heartless.
Today my heart is shedding uncontrollable tears
A small girl, barely an infant tore her life to an end
A baby who can not say Mama has been raped
A man was told it isn’t his place to feel any pain
And try as I may
To calm her down
Tell her that I just can not scream for them stop
My heart has a mind of her own
So she cries some more
And I wonder
Who is a bigger coward
I, who’d watch sorrow play
And do nothing thinking I can’t stop it
Or my heart, who’d shut her ears
To the cries of the world
Believing she can do nothing to make it stop.