I DON'T WANT TO DIE
First published in May 2021
'I don't want to die, Daddy'
pleads the child, his eyes wide with terror.
A photographer captures
the moment, reporter translates the words.
The father holds his child
tight in his arms, the boy clinging to his neck.
An apartment block slides
balletically to the ground, rockets zip through the sky.
We watch from the sofa
unsure if the child and his dad are Israeli or Palestinian,
not that it matters -
the pain is the same.