by Natan Alterman:
The earth grows still.
The lurid sky slowly pales over smoking borders.
Heartsick but still living, a people stand by
To great the uniqueness
Of the miracle.
Readied, they wait beneath the moon,
Wrapped in awesome joy before the light. - -
A girl and boy step forward,
And slowly walk before the waiting nation;
In work clothes and heavy-shod
Wearing still the dress of battle, the grime
Of aching day and fired night
Unwashed, weary until death, not knowing rest,
But wearing youth like dewdrops in their hair.- -
Silently the two approach
Are they of the quick or of the dead?
Through wondering tears, the people stare.
"Who are you, the silent two?"
And they reply: "We are the silver platter
Upon which the Jewish State was served to you."
And speaking, fall in shadow at the nation's feet.
Let the rest in Israel's chronicles be told.
Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance or Israel Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day.
thursday is an Israeli national holiday, i think it is fitting to have this be the day before celebrating Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha-Atzma'ut.
in america we observe the fallen and celebrate our freedom so far apart, that the price paid for our nation is not at the front of our minds as we watch fireworks, etc...
there is more gratitude this way i think.
we have friends in jerusalem this week. i am envious. it has been 16 yrs since i was in HaEretz.
what a great honour to be there for the 60 anniversary celebration.