14
Jan
11

Israel II

Israel II

We could see everything there–every crazy thing,
until there was nothing left to look at
except the exquisite desert itself:
pure blue sky
indigo night
purple rock and red sand.
No clutter, no obstructions.

Land wrapped around its people so tightly
it has become their skin.
They cannot leave,
even if they go.

G-d ambles back and forth across
the manganese blue Kineret
all day long–enjoying the
Golan Gardens that Marla made herself.

Land wrapped around people so tightly
it has become their skin.
They cannot leave,
even if they go.

Out of that land of red wrapped cow chocolates,

Jerusalem light,
City of gold and pink and mauve and white.

The sounds of the zils,
and the beggars,
and the solitary violin playing in the square of the old city.

The tremors in tear-washed faces caused by
centuries of prayer vibrating in that Wall.

As we lay our cheeks against Jerusalem stone
and stuff our little scraps of prayer into its crevices,
hoping ours will not fall helplessly onto the ground
with those other wet and dirty supplications
shredding into nothing.

Land now wrapped around us so tightly
it has become our skin.
we cannot leave
even when
we go.

Viola Moriarty
2003


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(American, b. 1958)
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