Monday, 4 June 2012

Poem by the Norwegian writer
Steinar Opstad

Ceasefire in Gaza, Snowy Night in Oslo
18–19 January 2009

We make angels in the snow
and fill the whole park with angels
that stand on each other’s shoulders
for from snow are we taken

and to snow shall we return, floor upon floor
for people who stare out
of building block windows
in the seconds before the alarm goes

They stumble in the peeling corridors
and there are reports of non-war
while the snow embodies us
and the world stands still

We ask ourselves if truth
can be written white on white
like the letters of the word Peace
the words in the sentence: I refuse to kill

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