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Aharon Shabtai

Aharon Shabtai is the author of War & Love, Love & War: New and Selected Poems ( New Directions, 2010).

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The mark of Cain won't sprout
from a soldier who shoots
at the head of a child
on a knoll by the fence
around a refugee camp--
for beneath his helmet,
conceptually speaking,
his head is made of cardboard.
On the other hand,
the officer has read The Rebel;
his head is enlightened,
and so he does not believe
in the mark of Cain.
He's spent time in museums,
and when he aims 
his rifle at a boy
as an ambassador of Culture,
he updates and recycles
Goya's etchings
and Guernica.