When Your Back’s Against the Wall

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When Your Back’s Against the Wall

(For the people of Palestine and Gaza)

 

When your back’s against the wall

And there seems no way out

And there is fear in your eyes

And you look into the eyes of hate

And you look into the eyes of aggression

And you look into the eyes of a power

That says might is right

And you hear the beating of your heart

In unison with the millions of beating hearts

Of those who have also stood

With their back against the wall

And you take strength.

And you feel the wall

Holding you,

Supporting you

And your back’s against the wall,

And your oppressor is taking aim,

Not only at you,

But at the millions of oppressed

Throughout the world.

And no one seems to hear you

And no one seems to feel your pain

But you are heard

In every corner of the earth

Because when your back’s against the wall

There is no-where to go

But forward.

 

Eithne Reynolds (c)

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