“Unmistakable” is how Sibley describes the black and orange American Redstart.
As a novice I trope toward the easy ID,
but that gives the garish undue value
so I miss the confusing warblers.
Like peace groups gone quiet in the face of fierce hatreds
& the one Official Narrative.
Yet at some point the We vs.THEM
must credit the stories* of the other side
& value co-existence above just survival. That’s unmistakable.
*Or perhaps it’s a lack of imagination. Mine was caught by a piece in Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life, called Parallel Lives: Imagining a Different Future for Israel and Palestine by Eyal Megged. It was Eyal who pointed out to me that Moshe Dayan’s quote is parsed and cut to suit the One Story.
The oft-quoted part: “This is the fate of our generation. The only choice we have is to be prepared and armed, strong and resolute or else our sword will slip from our hand and the thread of our lives will be severed.” He was giving a eulogy for Roi Rothberg killed at the Gaza border in 1956.
But he also said this at the same time: “Let us not today fling accusations at the murderers. What cause have we to complain about their fierce hatred for us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their very eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers lived. We should demand blood [for Roi] not from the Arabs of Gaza but from ourselves.”