A Poem from Jerusalem

As the War Continues

That war in the little southwest strip,
its violence drowns out all sounds—
words drain of meaning and become
white spaces against blood-red paper.
The numbers rise up, a large pile
of bodies reaching toward the sun
to ignite and burn, a pyre signaling
the beginning or end of a sacred time—

the bodies pile up, reach for the sun,
hoping to burn like stars to light this dark,
dark night…
but we all seem to have lost track,
our watches no longer ticking but
vibrating with technical accuracy
seconds and microseconds while
this flame of flesh, a mere candle wick,

flashes out into space in search
of extraterrestrial compassion. And
Gaza’s heavenward tower of bodily Babel
is even small against so many others,
this massive world-war of death
spreading out around us while we
shout out who is to blame, who
except for ourselves, ourselves

Sunset in Israel on Tu B'Av

Sunset, northern Israel 9 August 2014 (Tu B’Av)

turning away into silence and denial,
pointing at someone easier than seeing
a world around us in un-holy flames
cremating the innocent along with
the bloody-handed ones. Yet,
the sunset is so beautiful below
the clouds and over the sea, the
moon so light floating in the sky
above an orange cloud this Tu B’Av.


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Full moon on Tu B’Av (9 August 2014)

2 replies »

  1. Tu B’Av? Don’t you mean Tisha b Av? I think you’r mixing it up with Tu B’shvat. Tisha b’av is the ninth of av. Tu B’s svat, stand for the Tet with a Vav after it, which means 15, the Tet being 9 and vav being 6 and you add them together and that’s 15. Tu B’shvat is Jewish Arbor Day.

    Poetic Inspiration


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