Soldiers on their knees in the sand
- Amid Calls for Revenge, Rachelle Fraenkel Is a Light in This Dark Place
- Bereaved Israeli Family Consoles Father of Murdered Palestinian Teen
- Israeli Police Arrest Six Suspects in Murder of Palestinian Teen
- Poem of the Week / Take That, Virginia Woolf
- Poem of the Week / On the Anniversary of World War I
- Poem of the Week / Blood Spills, Yet We Hear Nothing New
- Poem of the Week: Crates of Napalm, a Feast for the Soul
- Poem of the Week / I, Who Am Still Living, May I Rest in Peace
Rachel Tzvia Back
Grandfather who cut his nails
before sunset and before his peaceful
Sabbath queen arrived
would save the pale slivers in a box
to be buried with him
Dust unto dust he said
with not a single particle missing
The dream was of the day
the dead would rise
in the next world
soldiers on their knees
sifting and searching for body parts
do not think of next worlds
they think only of
their sons my sons
the setting sun
building tunnels and towers
in the sand
From On Ruins & Return, Shearsman Press 2007.
“In this last terrible period of violence, a friend of mine reminded me of one of my poems with the refrain ‘my sons, their sons,’” the poet and translator Rachel Tzvia Back wrote in an email this week.
The same sun sets over everyone.
Musings: Have the past several days been an instance of grim life imitating art? Are poets prophets? Will nothing ever change?