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      Elul 25, 5769, 9/14/2009

      Poetry Submission: Elegy for Captain Assaf Ramon

      Elegy for a Posthumous Captain (for Assaf Ramon)
      by Brandon Marlon

      How bitterly Israel’s heroes are felled and fallen!
      Like sovereign Saul and loyal Jonathan
      Projected in the air above Bet She’an
      Dynastic champions are again claimed by greedy skies

      How bereft is the Hebrew tribe of its defenders!
      When its finest are tragically short-lived
      Like the sages of old in Latin times
      Spared the horrors still to come

      How dark is this hour among Jacob’s tents!
      We are all tempted to out-weep our mother Rachel
      Yet somehow the anguish is utterly too much
      Piercing the heart like an F-16 through the sound barrier

      How much ash must be doused upon Israel’s head?
      How deep should the gash in the garment be?
      Woe to the nation losing father and son…
      …from the heights of Gilboa to the hills of Hebron!

      To submit your poem of  Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com