The massacre in Gaza takes away my speech and replaces it with tears — a tearing pain that I don’t have money and power and will enough to stop this thing which can only be genocide. What else? If a state bombs a people already caged in by impassable borders, starved, physically and in so many other ways. This word — genocide — was spoken by Anna Baltzer in her talk she gave last spring. Baltzer shows the diminishing geography of Palestine and talks about the eradication of the land, the people. I let my impotent tears fall and curse impossible humanity, my own government, and all the hellishness of greed, self-righteousness, and war.