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We've Lived One Thing

We’ve lived among the Christians;

We’ve lived among the Jews;

We’ve gotten along with Nazis;

We’ve befriended them, the Druze.


One thing they didn’t tell us,

One thing, they didn’t see:

One of which we’re certain,

One thing, we can’t agree:


Who’s to pardon hatred?

Who’s to feed on fear?

Who’s to see the sacred?

Who’s to have your ear?


One thing we would’ve wanted:

One thing we could’ve known:

How to make a profit?

How to steal the show?


Who will be your prophet?

Who will be your queen?

Who will feed your horses?

Who will face the great machine?


-- From "The Womb" by Daniel Viragh

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