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A POEM, PLUS
by alongtheserivers
 GoodPoems
Aug 15, 2016 | 3061 views | 2 2 comments | 244 244 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Astronaut Ilan Ramon
Astronaut Ilan Ramon
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Hello Poetry Lovers,

 

A video came across my desk that is causing me to share something in addition to poetry today. It is a short film that deals in a wise and tender manner with an aspect of our history. Tragedy is no stranger to the Jewish people. Need I say more?

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=JrCFXs8K8Vs

 

It's not to enjoy, but it is real, and well done.

Here I will include a poem written as a blessed American Jew, spared by time and place from the Shoah.


Yad Vashem*

 

Here bloom green

carob trees

sweet with spring;

the righteous few

are not forgotten

in Our Garden.

Silence pours

from leaf and vine.

 

Note the smooth

Stone shapes

amid the blossoms:

the sculpted mother's

arms around

her baby:

Tenderness,

the first remembrance

of the human artist.

 

Beyond the blossoms

his last remembrance,

Darkness:

the dying ashes, the

tiny flames that

burn eternal

within the concrete

and basalt.

 

 

                                  ---Judith R. Robinson

 

* Yad Vashem is the name of the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem

 
 With thanks to Yale Cohen for the video, and thanks to you for clicking in.  xo Judy
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Judy Robinson
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August 18, 2016
Neil's Aunt--

What a insightful, spiritual "take" on these tragic events. Surely any earthly explanation is not ours to make. Thank you so much.

Neilsaunt
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August 18, 2016
Beautiful poem about the extremes of human nature and experience. So hard to know what to make of the tragic, yet inspiring video. Hopefully G-d took them with as little pain as possible into the next world, that is far far away and yet maybe so very close to ours.