Complicity by Anna Chatzimichael

Hypocrite!, 

– a Greek word – 

sitting in a distant room 

as if separate from the world, 

and crying. 

You would be desperate 

if the ones that you love most 

learned how to hate. 

Who said you’re separate 

when you are one 

fragment 

of this whole. 

Save your despair, 

your tears, your Western pain. 

Hypocrite. 

You never even said any of these words right. Sabra. 

Shatila. 

Not a single time without crying. 

Yerushalayim.

“Complicity” was written on May 12th, 2021, after the news about the imminent evictions in Sheikh Jarrah had been published in worldwide media. The author Anna Chatzimichael is based in Athens, Greece.


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