The Book of Lamentations is a collection of poetry lamenting the desctruction of Lit. City of peace From the time of David to the Roman destruction, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the spiritual and governmental center of the Jewish people. During the long exile, Jews longed to return to Jerusalem and wrote poems, prayers, and songs about the beloved city. In 1967, with the capture of the Old City, Jerusalem was reunited, becoming "the eternal capital of Israel." Still, the longing for peace is unfulfilled. in 586 BCE. We mourn for this destruction on Tisha b’Av. The poetry wails for those who died, and and for the city itself, named Zion. Some of the poetry acuses God of abandoning Zion, after punishing Zion with horrific destruction. My own poem below imagines the abusing God’s response to Zion.
I promise I’ll stop.