Where Is Dawn?

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

Once sneering at the Sea as stone buildings in 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 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 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 clotting in the cold as charred sockets!
…Just where…Just where…Just where  is dawn ?!
©Meshack Sewe

Inspired after touring various historical sites in Israel (Haifa, Telaviv, Bahai Gardens, Jerusalem,Jafa, and Caesarean). The photo was a large paintwork of a sitting-sleeping man in a Telaviv Hotel (Medina Hotel) where we stayed.

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