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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Rights of Passage

You flowers of El
who live in this ancient passageway,
in a wilderness through which every man has passed,
spreading like a plague across the face of a naive earth,
forging new religions and theocracies;
chains to restrain
what otherwise blossoms free.

Navigation is by night skies here,
both on land and sea,
and you willingly share of the stars,
but not the dirt shaken from your feet.
Christian beware!
The land of Christ is not yours.

Moses parted seas and nations to come here,
leading his tribe into the promised land;
promised by G-d
to His chosen ones . . . to the exclusion of all others?
Jew beware!
The promised land is yours, only to share.

Formed from the same star dust,
believers in the same imaginary friend,
how can dust rule dust I cry!
But when my tears fall,
they fall on lives that are hate-baked,
forming religions from otherwise seamless lives.
Muslim beware!
You too must share.

This is a land that can be possessed, only
as a night sky can widen your mind, only
as an idea can show you the way, only
as love can illuminate and guide us through.

In this land 
we can only have rights of passage.

©Copyright Niall OConnor 2012


  1. Brilliant write, Niall

  2. All passing through. Each responsible for what we leave on our wake .

  3. Imen Benyoub
    I wish..those beautiful times of harmony and peace return..when a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew celebrated together, lived with each other..when the land was truly holy because all religions were connected, no one is above the other..no one is superior than the other..now that Muslims, Christians continue to live in peace..and those fanatics, zionists, outsiders came to take a land not even theirs..now with these rivers of blood, a bloody history of massacres, of racism..they killed every intention to share..now that they want it all for themselves..you have a mighty pen Niall..

  4. My friend..your understanding of the cause is essential..you do a lot..with your pen..I too can't do anything but pray and write..this is resistence too ..

  5. Patrick Joseph Dorrian7 August 2014 at 14:51

    A great way to make the point that we are all star dust and our stay here is the blink of an eye.

  6. Oh my! Niall this is so powerful, so soul engaging, so the reason I love to read your poetry. Thank you,

  7. Thank you everybody for reading. I only wish there was something more I could do :(

  8. Heather Maecherlein Browne7 August 2014 at 16:01

    Niall....how wonderful to see you here today! And how timeless this exceptional poem is...today and always. I really enjoyed this Niall and I have printed it out to hold for daily remembrance. Thank you!!!