|Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)
|Survival: The Unholy Land
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|The lizard depends on speed and agility,|
Chameleon relies on baffling camouflage ―
The saurian is older than the Syrian.
The emmet depends on subduing the self
To a mechanically perfect Marxist economy ―
The ant is more successful than the Israelite.
The wheatear, the whitethroat, the wagtail fly south
To find a new season in a new hemisphere ―
The birds migrate without impedimenta.
Men put their hats on their heads in the synagogue,
Men take the shoes off their feet in the mosque ―
Then go outside and rattle off machine-guns.
Reptiles distil the wisdom of antiquity,
Ants have invented flawless kibbutzim ―
Birds have the knack of adaptation.
Does Allah weep, Adonai rend his garments?
The hyena laughs, he has a full belly ―
Vultures are great opportunists.
The Dancing Dust and other poems, 1983