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      Tammuz 17, 5769, 7/9/2009

      Poetry Submission: Svietka Ora - Fallen Kingdom


      Fallen Kingdom
      by Svietka Ora
      http://www.heder21.org

      After signing of a “war” treaty Oct.16,1993

      Sitting alone
      On top a Judean mountain,
      Looking down and beyond,
      Feeling like an ancient queen,
      Loving the kingdom-
      She is about to loose.
      Looking up
      To the calmness of the sky,
      Touching the stars as they stare back,
      Bleeding like an ancient warrior,
      Loving the country-
      He just lost in the battle.
      Standing un-sturdy
      In the dune sands of a dream,
      Grabbing the winds of a loss,
      Crying like an ancient people;
      Loving the land
      They sold to the butcher,
      Pound by pound-
      Never to nurture it again.

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      He Has Giveth (Yom Ha’Zikaron)
      by Svietka Ora
      http://www.heder21.org

      He gave you fluffy clouds
           As reminder of my hugs.
      He gave you big trees
            To conceal yourself from the enemy.
      He gave you cold streams to bath in
            After a knight’s long march.
      He gave you rain
            To mix in with your tears.
      He gave you smiles of children
            To remember in combat.

      He gave you the moon and the stars
            To guide you in your battle.
      He gave you the smell of earth
            As a reminder of your roots.
      He gave you a power of choice
            As in which unit you shall serve.
      He gave you a nation
            To belong to and fight for.
      He gave you a country
            To die for.
      I am not Him!
      I can only give you
      Yellow flowers
      For your grave.

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