Fasti of Jerusalem

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Translation from Russian into English of Nina Khmelnitsky's poem about war and peace, Quran and Tora, love and brotherhood.

Submitted: May 12, 2014

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(translated from Russian)

1.
The blood-stained fasti of Jerusalem.
A slot with a message in the Wailing Wall.
The nukes – the spokes of the Misfortune Wheel.
The Sacred Land on fire all in all.

2.
And from Poltava toward Tel Aviv, 
Within a couple of hours life is seized.
This fiery Hades, the wave of terrorism,
And mournful echoed voices of the deceased.

3.
The desert plain. The gentle roses blooming.
The sand profusely soaked with grievous tears,
The ghost of nuclear menace heavily looming
Intent to stifle the peoples of the East.

4.
In full alertness are the sons of Israel.
Forgiveness – an exclusive realm of Saints.
Forget not massacres of Jewish children! 
The enemies’ conscience bears that shameful taint.

5.
Almighty God our Lord… Quran and Tora…
Dreams of divine eternity and peace. 
Whose prayer’s spectrum should we deem much broader – 
That of Islam or that of Judaism?

6.
Aggression is an utmost cure for fear,
A tripping – in the stomach heavy punch,
We’ll tear the shirt down into shreds, my dear, 
Our one or theirs – in two, till deadly scrunch.

7.
Irreconcilable up to insanity.
Blood brothers turn into sworn enemies.
Love and belief in the humanity 
By ruthless soldier’s-boot will they be squeezed.

8.
The blood-stained fasti of Jerusalem… 
The war and peace… the Love and human death…
And faces – native, alien – Jewish, Muslim…
The lively Universe in brutal chaos.

February 2014

 

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Source: http://stihi.pro/3857-ierusalimskie-stranicy.html


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