Weapons of Mass Childhood Cruelty

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A besser bricked enclosure

within the bigger West Bank prison

defines these children’s boundaries

They have no defence

against weapons of mass cruelty


The smallness of their lives

hangs on a tall wire fence


Choices have escaped this place

long ago,

all that remains is

hard reality


No childhood innocence,

No frivolous play

No dreams to fill heads


Just the constant dust of fear,

rust from disused past,

cracks through which

there is no escape


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