poems for Jerusalem Day 2020
Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all of you who love her…
your air, clear as water from a spring,
vibrates with chanted prayer
and melodies of your praise.
Flocks of swifts
ride on swells of your song.
You, too, have wings,
wings that uplift
those who walk within your gates,
lift up their prayers
and enfold your lovers
in an embrace.
My precious city, you enthrall me,
you captivate, inspire and uplift me
Jerusalem, my spirit is bound in yours.
Beloved city, you beckon me
to enter your gates, you embrace me
Jerusalem, you hold my soul in yours.
City of Dreamers and Dreams
Jerusalem, city of dreamers and dreams,
the days our prophets foresaw have begun to unfold.
At your prayer-seeped Wall, fly doves all white
and from the heavens, radiant cerulean gleams.
Bedroom of G-d, my glorious city of gold
precious beloved, Jerusalem, city of light.