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Just A Minute

Yosef Wolkovitz, 55, made Aliyah with his wife 4 months ago from Mexico. He is an artist and illustrator living in the Yeelim Absorption Center in Beersheva, having followed his two children who made Aliyah in 2007. He and his wife plan to livei n Beersheva and find work there. Yosef has been active in the Center’s cultural activities, running art classes for immigrant children.

Just a minute!
Then 60 seconds, helter-skelter
Of space and time,
from here to shelter.

Just a minute!
To think, to do the math;
Measure heartbeats, also sighs…
And then to count, with time suspended
The rockets as they whistle by.

Just a minute!
Only one!
60 particles of time, breathing in your face;
And by the grace of adrenaline go I,
To the care of our "protected space."

Just a minute!
Stretched out long.
Generous, you realize:
Seeing Sderot's 15 seconds
Flash like sound
Before your eyes.

Just a minute!
Please, stop the sirens.
I'm also a child
Who wants to run, to play, to sleep
Without rockets whizzing by
As I count my sheep. 

Just a minute!
What of their children?
Who guard the coward, Hamas:
Thieves of peace and dreams
Futures and childhoods…
Poisoners of souls.
Feeding their young ones
On hatred and screams.

Just a minute!
For the children. Please. Stop.
It is more than a minute.
When you are in it.

01 Aug 2014 / 5 Av 5774 0
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