Hello Poetry Lovers,
I am pleased today to add a final blog post for the year 2016. Such a year! (as my grandmother would say)
I don't write about politics, I write about poetry. These two subjects are worlds apart from each other, for me, although I (very occasionally) and many others do in fact write political poems. And since I have observed over time that traits do tend to cluster, I can't help but notice that many poets are political liberals, Democrats who supported Clinton and who are now in abject despair over the election of Trump.
To them, particularly my fellow Jewish poets, I have one word to say and that is: Israel.
From a memory a few years ago of Hillary Clinton kissing Mrs. Arafat, to President Obama's petty, although dangerous vindictiveness at the UN, (and the list could go on) I will simply quote President-Elect Donald Trump's recent tweet to Israel: "Stay strong. January 20th is coming soon."
I don't usually speculate on why some American Jews blindly follow people and positions that are clearly against their own self-interest. Really, that is a subject for psychiatrists to answer. But the subject intrigues.
So while I don't write about politics, I do write about the phenomenon described above.
Such a poem will appear in a forthcoming collection, "CAROUSEL," by Lummox Press. I will have more to say about the book in another posting. For now, and I will share the poem, which attempts to address the mind set of many co-religionists.
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” --Saul Bellow
“That Netanyahu is such a troublemaker!” --Esther Skirboll
deny the audacious faces
hide away from the bold defenders
disavow them, never swear never again
do not expect a place at the table
you know you will be despised
you know you will be punished
you know you will be called pariah
dig deep into any nether world dark enough;
scurry along with bats and insects
into the plum black of the cave
never let the sun dance on your head
or the moon flush you out
never let them unwittingly betray you
the world will not condone strength
do not condone it yourself
do not make mayhem
do more than smile and bow
do more than join the chorus
with all your heart
with all your might
suckle up crawl inside
make mad crazy love with the enemy
& be not afraid; perhaps you will survive.
this is the lesson history has taught you.
--Judith R. Robinson
That's my take on those whose concerns do not include the continued existence of the state of Israel.
I believe I'm in good company with Saul Bellow.
Thanks for clicking in. xo Judy