Bereft /bɪˈreft/

adjective: not having something or feeling great loss

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This is an attempt (no doubt flawed) to express a personal response to what is happening in Gaza.

It is a late night free write and recording (with hardly any editing and a voice full of cold), as I felt the need to respond.

The word ‘bereft‘ was the only one initially coming to mind.

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As I said at the beginning, it is no doubt flawed and I’ve sat with it a bit prior to posting. It’s my current attempt to

fill the paper with the breathings of my heart.

While weighing up my words and this post, a quote shared on social media at the height of the global response to the killing of George Floyd (May 2020), came to mind:

Resistance is NOT a one-lane highway. Maybe your lane is protesting, maybe your lane is organizing, maybe your lane is counseling, maybe your lane is art activism, maybe your lane is surviving the day.

Do NOT feel guilty for not occupying every lane. We need all of them.


I think it came back to mind because I imagine there are others (like me), who have wrestled with how much they feel able to engage or comment.

I think it also came to mind as I don’t want the last line of the piece,

our voices must join the conversation.

to be heard as an indictment. It’s not

We all have something we can do, and we each have permission to figure out what and in what way that is. There is also lots that can be happening outside rhe realm and gaze of social media.

Blessings & Love

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