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    Poem of the Month, November 2012


    This month’s poem is from Leave Lebanon in Peace, a collection of eleven poems inspired by letters from Israeli soldiers while in Lebanon.



    By Ada Aharoni

    That night that big lie exploded
    in my heart and in my mind
    shattering all my limbs and all my values.

    The big lie that violence can stop conflicts
    exploded in the very depth of my heart together with the bombs –
    And that explosive night my dreams exploded
    With the lie.


    Read all the eleven Lebanon poems plus several other international Peace Poems in Horizon, an IFLAC online magazine that was published between 1997 and 2002.

    Another poem from “Leave Lebanon in Peace” is “Bach in Beyrut”:



    By Ada Aharoni

    A moment of harmony in Beyrut –
    We suddenly heard from one of the houses
    Bach music beautifully played –
    The whole company stopped
    to hear the music.

    The pianist played beautifully
    and the whole company stopped and
    listened to the exquisite harmony.
    The bombs did not succeed to stop us –
    but a sixteen year old girl
    playing Bach music
    stopped us!


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