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poetry Goliath

The Paris-based poet Judith Mahoney Pasternak puts the story of David & Goliath into a contemporary un-Biblical perspective.

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By Judith Mahoney Pasternak

How do you feel now,

You who were David for three thousand years,

The lone shepherd boy,

Armed only with stones, against a monster

Who would destroy your people,

And only you to save them?

How do you feel now

To have nothing to fear but the mirror

That reflects only you,

Yourself become the monster, armed to the teeth,

Against a lone shepherd boy,

Armed only with stones?

Judith Mahoney Pasternak is a long-time U.S. writer and journalist in the progressive media, a feminist activist, and an advocate for peace, justice, and Palestinian self-determination. She lives in Paris.