RIFKAH GOLDBERG
LITTLE LIFE IN BIG WORLD

Blast hits heart of my city
I switch on radio then
Load washing machine

Killed on way to work two teachers
I 'phone shop for tenth time
To trace my long overdue order

Blown to pieces near discotheque
Half a class of teenagers
I change format of his paper

Sniper shot babe-in-arms
I choose my weekend menu
Buy what I need in market

Train stopped in mid-route
For unknown security reasons
I look for cup of coffee

Mass terror attack in United States
I let cool air into over-heated
Elegantly curtained hotel room

How can my little life fit into
The evil wrought in this big world
Of which I am an unwitting part?

October 2001