Friday, 1 December 2017

Subdue It

by Helen Bar-Lev

Slice it
divide it
bite into it
set fire to it
shoot it
bomb it
behead it
enslave it
freeze it
heat it
waste it
deface it
chop it down
smoke it up
an earthquake
will swallow it up
a flood will
wash away the blood
while the poles melt down
and the polar bears drown

Quick now
subdue it
what’s that,
you can’t do it?
it’s gotten out of hand
well, abandon it
inhabit another planet
ruin that one too

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© 2.2017 Helen Bar-Lev

"Subdue It" first appeared in the chapbook: Piping at the End of Days, A Book of Overcoming, collected and edited by Katherine L. Gordon (Valley Press, Ontario, Canada)

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, has lived in Israel for 46 years and has had over 90 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 34 of which were one-woman shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies. Six poetry collections, all illustrated by Helen. She is the Amy Kitchener senior poet laureate. Helen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and is the recipient of the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art. Helen is Assistant to the President of Voices Israel. She lives in Metulla, Israel.

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