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Hanging Flags

Bouncing down a West Bank road
fresh from a rally for peace

a Palestinian in the car ahead
unfurls out his window a bed sheet

flag of a state that has yet
to exist. A roadblock. An argument

you cannot hear completely, but see
in wild gestures—the soldier, an Israeli

all animation & flailing,
the driver’s right arm flailing in reply.

You approach, slow, your arms leaden
at your sides.  & fear what you might—

why, the soldier’s advising on hanging
the flag so it doesn’t block the driver’s vision.
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