For a Vocabulary Other than Violence: An Intention for Safety and Peace in Bereaved Israel

sun shining above a stream n the forest

if every Jew
is a letter


the Jewish People
is a whole scroll

and we
Law and Letters

cleaved from fire
given by fire

what of the Lord of Hosts
who sat with people as the sunken?
who cried?
and mourned?

let us shape the fire of our bruised backs into the peaceful streams of clearing throats

searching and awaking to human bodies
and perhaps telling new stories
alive and weeping
beyond the spectre of generational fiery rhyme and the burning circle
of metaphor

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