For all the Palestinians on hunger strikes in Israeli prisons
When offered a second serving always say no. Expect it. The second serving will
come. Poured into your plate. A yellow lentil soup another scoop of salad with
thin broken pieces of toasted cumin bread.
When offered a second cup of coffee always say no. Expect the second cup to
come. Feign surprise. Thank the offer. Ask about the children. When offered a
full serving of dessert say no say no again. Say you are watching your waist.
Wait when the sweet pastry arrives thank the hands that made it
pray for their protection say
yeslamo hal dayyet
may these hands remain well.
Ask about the ones who passed ask for a glass of water. For salt.
Ask what time is it? Say look look how time flies
Say it’s getting late then get up to leave when offered more
time to stay say no stay a little while anyway make sure you
leave a little behind in your plate consider it polite
consider never bringing up
hunger or strikes never mention
Palestinians or prisons never mention
saline or solutions or how long the taste of seawater
can keep a caged body alive.