A poem from Israel—14 July 2014

Flowering trees, parking lot of HaKibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel<br />Photo by Michael Dickel

Flowering trees
HaKibbutzim College of Education
Tel Aviv, Israel
Photo: Michael Dickel

The Cost of Yellow

I know there’s a war going on,
but yellow flowers cover trees
in the parking lot as I pull in.
True, missiles shatter lives
while destroying buildings, but
fallen petals cover the tarmac
with a fairy-yellow glow. Yes,
sirens send us underground
while rocket’s dread flares,
and these, too, crash
stupendously, but the
sea air waves a soft, humid
blanket spread out by
soothing breezes. So
easily I forget the price
of wind, the cost of yellow;
so hard to forget the lone
cry of a carrion crow
perched high in the tree
with sharp eyes turned
toward the horizon.

Flower petal blanket on parking lot Tel Aviv, Israel 14 July 2014 Photo: Michael Dickel

Flower petal blanket on parking lot
Tel Aviv, Israel
14 July 2014
Photo: Michael Dickel

 

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2 responses to “A poem from Israel—14 July 2014

  1. Jerry Anne

    Nice poem, Michaael!

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