Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A tearful goodbye

The painful images sear into my mind's eye,
Families led from their homes, their world.

A vale of tears across a strange land,
celebrations for the vanquished, the victors.

Children held aloft, never to see home again,
Their holy earth scorched, sun-baked, lost.

Where did they wrong? Why were they abandoned?
Didn't they follow G-d to a Land not yet sown?

They marched onwards like Lot, not looking back,
Left their people behind, for fear of turning round.

Now they are turning, returning, being turfed out,
Back to the waiting arms of those they forgot.

Let the downtrodden, the endangered, those who lived in fear,
Fear no more and live in peace, Amen.



At 8/17/2005 9:29 PM, Blogger B2 said...

I like the poem, though I'm not sure where I stand on this particular issue... I won't make this comment a part of any argument, just express sorrow that it has come to this.

At 8/18/2005 4:28 AM, Blogger Mirty said...

It is heartbreaking.

At 8/18/2005 12:30 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

Very nice.

And I am not a real big fan, lulei demistafina, of poetry.

At 8/18/2005 4:28 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

thanks people. I have too much more to write on this subject, but I shall leave it alone for now.

At 8/29/2005 3:10 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

TRK: Too many mistakes in your poem.

1. Families were not "led from their homes" - but dragged out by soldiers and policemen.

2. Gaza is not a strange land. Its part of Eretz Yisrael.

3. Its only a matter of time before the children, or their children will see the land there again.

4. Why do you think they went wrong? We don't understand the ways of G-d, yet believe that everything is for the ultimate good.

5. Back to the waiting arms? Give me a break. The majority of the Israeli Left wishes the Gaza Jeiwsh refugees would disappear off the face of the earth. When I took my house guests (a refugee family of 7) to Tel Aviv to meet with their lawyer about compnesations after being thrown out of their home, we stopped to ask directions. When I found a Tel-Avivian to ask directions to "Migdal Shalom/Shalom Skyscraper" - he looked at my guests, all dressed in orange, and said, "Why do you want to go there, to blow it up?." The apathy is deadening.

The refugees do not live in fear - and they look towards tomorrow, when the majority of Israel will follow in G-d's command...and the same soldiers and police who threw them out of their homes will rebuild Gush Katif and the Beit HaMikdash.

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