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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by Anne Irwin

Gather from the gutter
ye outsiders and ruffians
we’ll fatten you on ideologies
blood you for battle
prepare you for war.

Send you to hill tops, knolls and hillocks.
to stake out your promised domain
we’ll give you the land, subsidise your houses
with umbilical roads leading west to our homeland
we’ll make you powerful with assault rifles and guns .

Intimidate the land owners
by stalking their children
pointing guns at the four-year-olds going to school
growl obscenities at everyone passing by you
burn olive groves, ransack homes.

A phone call away there’s an army that’s ready
to help if landowners begin to react
that’s your call to action, the excuse is protection.
to justify ravaging homes,
killing families, children, neighbors
laying claim to this holy land so pure, so glorious
Remember it is yours by the right of your birth.

But be wary of international watchers and monitors
keep it low key to test the heat.
Don’t embarrass the US your godfather, your protector
they’re lining our pockets with billions a year
to annex the West Bank to our promised land.

Remember the US has their agenda.
Slow and steady wins the race.

Image above: Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli airstrike on the El-Remal aera in Gaza City.

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Anne Irwin

Anne Irwin lives in Galway, Ireland. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including Poetry Ireland Review, A New Ulster, ROPEs, Skylight 47, Poetry Bus, and Irish Left Review.

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