psalm 80: the strangled vine

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how long will
this people be wrathful,
this nation that feasts
on the tears of its own trauma
so that it might strike out
again and again
against enemies real and imagined?

this nation repeatedly plucked
from its vine until
it cleared and filled the land,
planting its weapons deep
lifting up higher and higher walls,
spreading dread like an iron dome,
hermetically sealed from
all it ever was
or ever dreamed of being?

can you look beyond
this airtight prison of your own making,
beyond your illusion of shelter,
are you even able to see
the carnage your own fear
has unleashed?

look even further
and you will see
that once glorious vine
now withered and strangling
in the dust,
yet patiently waiting
as the uprooted inevitably do,
to be returned to
its source.

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5 Comments on “psalm 80: the strangled vine”

  1. abunaalgodon says:

    Poignant, paradoxical, timely.

  2. Eve says:

    In the Palestinian-Israeli Tragedy, does this describe the Palestinians? The Israelis? Both?

  3. Marie says:

    very beautiful writing and ideas. May your words be heard!

  4. amielewis says:

    God Bless the Rabbi!

  5. shamaali says:

    You are the one demolishing anti-Semitism. Your critics are fools.


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