The following sonnet was written during the Pillar of Defense operation in Israel and was sent to a number of other poets, several of whom responded with their own poems. The collection is posted on the website of The Deronda Review under the title ‘Our Prayers for Israel.’ With the permission of the authors we will post other poems from this collection, which vividly brings home the situation which the Israelis face today.
For Our Friends in Israel
By Esther Cameron
In lands not ours, at morning comes your night
With whistling shells and clamorous sirens’ blare.
We listen through our days and strain in prayer
Sending what strength we have to make more tight
The dual screen of merit and of might,
Of man’s precaution and G-d’s loving care—
Must not our wills, conjoined, give off a flare
To put the plague of hate to final flight?
If you have thought to spare, pray for us too,
Pray for each spark of spirit scattered far
And yet no less at risk, no less at war,
And in our separate strife sustained by you—
May G-d send us the surge that could unite
Against this darkness all our scattered light!