Where Is Dawn?

Once tickled as a naturalist holding a crustacean…
Now paralyzed as twigs in ruins of Caesarea!
…Just where is dawn ?!

Once starring at the sky as mountain buildings of Jerusalem
Now blinded by mixed faiths as clouds above Bethlehem
…Just where is dawn ?!

Once sprinting uphill as stone-paths in Jaffa
Now tattooed with rust as old quarries in Haifa!
 …Just where is dawn ?!

Once soaked in splendor as the gardens of Bahai
Now famished underneath as bones of Tel-hai…
 …Just where is dawn ?!

Once laughing undercover as a tailor’s bobbin!
Now mute and legless as the statue of Rabin!
…Just where is dawn ?!

Once boiling with tales as a Jewish mariner
Now frozen in pain as a broken recliner
…Just where is dawn ?!

Once bleeding with joy as Israeli rockets!
Now lifeless as charred wall sockets!
…Just where…Just where…Just where  is dawn ?!
©Meshack Sewe

Inspired after touring various historical sites in Israel (Haifa, Telaviv, Bahai Gardens, Old Jerusalem City, Jafa, and Caesarea ), and the a large paintwork of a sitting-sleeping hopeless man hanging on a Tel Aviv Hotel wall where we stayed.  

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