The following poem, which we present with the permission of the author, is one of a collection of poems written during or shortly after Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation. The entire collection may be found on the website of The Deronda Review (www.derondareview.org) under the title ‘Our Prayers for Israel.'”
By Michael E. Stone
The air here is washed clean by rain,
And fresh with autumn cool,
The dawn sun reddens the mountain tops,
And the flowers, innocent of human folly,
Shine with joy as their roots
Luxuriate in the black, moist soil.
There, sirens and shrapnel.