What We Need Beyond the Pale

 

Don’t send

Thoughts & Prayers

Don’t send

Bandages

Gauze

Splints

Medical Tape

Syringes

Send

What will keep us

from needing them.

Send

Javelin anti-tank missiles

Counter-battery radar systems

KPV-14.5 Vladimirov heavy machine guns

or even Degtyaryov 12.7 mm heavy machine guns

Stinger SAMs

Grenades

RPGs

Howitzers 

Fuel

Ammo Ammo Ammo

Send

Blood                          Lots of Blood

About the Poem

The poem reflects my personal powerlessness to give what is most urgently needed. Perhaps this poem might spark someone who is in a position to respond materially.

About the Author

Jay Yair Brodbar lives in Toronto, Canada. He has published in McGill Street, Parchment, and CCAR Reform Jewish Quarterly, among other places.

6 thoughts on “What We Need Beyond the Pale”

  1. I hear.
    But not having any of those truly useful items, all I can send is “thoughts, prayers, and money for humanitarian aid”

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