Voices: a poem from Haifa
a place of prayer
of connecting with our past
of touching history
July, 1967 I touched it
it touched me – oh the awe!
December, 1973 my aliyah to the Holy Land
in recent years with each return visit to the Kotel
the women’s section – diminished
October, 2012 women again arrested – at the
Kotel – for reciting the Shema!
woe be me!
beyond our reach for so many years and now
when in the hands of Israel, a shrine
to the Dark Ages
what has become of tolerance
mutual respect? wherein do they
usurp my spirituality, my religion,
bodes evil for the future of this unholy land
Ahmadinejad a threat? hah! home grown
Khomeneism is at our doorstep
no! no! no!
Edit Gavriely, Haifa