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    Poem of the Month, July 2015: A Bridge of Peace

    This poem by Ada Aharoni is one of her most widely published, among other places in the Syndic Literary Journal.

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    By Ada Aharoni

    “They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid.” (The Bible, Micah 4.4)

    “He who walks in peace, walk with him.” (The Koran, Sura 48)

    My Palestinian sister, daughter of Abraham,
    Let us build a sturdy bridge
    From my orange world to yours,
    Above the boiling pain of acid rain –
    And hold human hands high
    Full of free stars of twinkling peace.

    I do not want to be your oppressor
    You do not want to be my oppressor,
    Or your jailer, or my jailer,
    We do not want to make each other afraid
    Under our vines and under our fig trees
    Blossoming on a silvered horizon
    Above the bruising and the bleeding
    Of poisoned gases and scuds.

    So, my Arab sister, let us build a strong
    Bridge of jasmine understanding
    Where each shall sit with her baby
    Under her vine and under her fig tree –
    And none shall make them afraid.
    And none shall make them afraid.


    Ada Aharoni

    Ada Aharoni holding Harimon (Pomegranates),
    love and peace poems in Hebrew. See more books.

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