Poem for my Dominican Brother Who Hates His Haitian Brother (or Poem for My Black Brother Who Lives in Denial)

2 brothers on one island,
Hated each other
with a pathological zeal
one spoke Spanish,
the other spoke French –
different fathers,
but the same mother
whose language
they would never understand.The sugar cane shuddered
& wondered
if the boys
had ever been
to Israel
or
Palestine.

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