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      Tammuz 22, 5769, 7/14/2009

      Poetry Submission: Yehezkel Laing


      I Was Holding On To You
            By Yehezkel Laing
       
      In the darkest days of Europe
      When God hid his face from man
      The Nazi fiends built killing camps
      To fulfill their master plan
       
      And on one night in one of these camps
      The Nazi commander proclaimed
      All the prisoners must dig a pit
      And then they'll be a game
       
      This game could not be won
      It could not even end in a tie
      All prisoners must jump the pit
      And those who failed would die
       
      A very odd couple of friends
      Stood quietly and heard this news
      One pious and old the other bare head and young
      Both with the star of the Jews
       
      We'll never make it across that far
      Said the younger man to the old
      The cards of our fate have been dealt to us
      I think its time to fold
       
      It's forbidden to take one's own life
      Said the older man to the youth
      Even just to live one more second
      Before we reach the world of truth
       
      So if its dig a pit and jump across
      That they command the Jew
      Dig the pit and jump across
      Is exactly what we must do.
       
      They dug and dug for hours
      Till their bodies started to slump
      All to make this enormous hole
      Which they knew they could not jump
       
      Then the Nazis lined the prisoners up
      And the friends were told to run
      Towards this hole they could not cross
      So the fiends could have their fun
       
      As their tired feet pushed off the ground
      Their hearts made a thunderous thumping
      Yelled the Rabbi to his friend
      This is it! We are juuuuum-ping!
       
      With their eyes shut tight
      And their hearts in their throats
      They rose up into the air
      And time for a second froze in its place
      And Heaven seemed to stare
       
      And when at last, they opened their eyes,
      Certain that they had died
      They found themselves, safe and sound,
      On the other side
       
      How did you manage to do it?!?
      Asked the skeptic man to his friend
      One old man couldn't make this leap!
      It must take the strength of ten!
       
      Not I alone made the leap
      I could never do something so bold
      But called to Heaven in my forefathers' name
      Their coat tails I took hold
       
      And how in the world did you make the leap?
      Asked the bearded Jew
      Simple said his bare head friend
      I was holding onto you.