Incubate Hope

Central Park early spring NY

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda


Hold on close

To the hope

Even if

It is a bit


So no matter the noise

Distraction desires,

Hope remains warmed

In soul

Where truth never




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I’d Rather

Flower NYC NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda


I’d rather be

As I am

Just in a world

Less fraught

With wrong

And sorrow.

And yet,

If in my druthers

Things were not

Exactly as they are

In both joy and dismay,

What would make me

Be exactly

As I am





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Things That Matter

down the mountain

Photo: Atara Katz




Around the things that matter:

The hopes of young

To grow old

Without being gunned down

By hate long fed.

The voices that have gone


By overwhelming glower

And will no more be silenced

By greed or dread.


Around those who stand proud

To challenge unjust power.

It is the coming together

Which will pave

New roads

For change.




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The Cost

fired casings


Assay the cost of

Apathetic heads

Or cheeks that turn


The other way.

Know the high price of

Silence that

Lets massacre

Take hold for yet

Another day.

Do not give in.

Do not let up.

Step forth

And raise your voice

In truth

So it rings clear

Above the fray.



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Loophole Lookout

Merge AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif


When strolling down

The winding


Of history

And conflit,

Beware of loopholes




Less than helpful


Look up

Look out

For any who


They own the path

To righteous.

Most likely they

Have arrows


To guarantee

Their profit.




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Static In The Air

Never again7 OfirAsif

Photo: Ofir Asif


There is static in the air,

Discord at what can no longer

Remain unchallenged.

There’s a buzz

To hold accountable

The hate and prejudice that has no space

Among the truly civilized.


There is hope amidst the noise:

The march of feet and hearts

That will not stay silent

At disrespect and bullying.

The sparks of light

That multiply to pull aside

The medieval darkness

Some wish to blanket over progress.


There is static in the air.

It crackles with potential.

May it smother ignorance

With wisdom.

May it end violence

Through empathy

And tolerance.



P.S. Since several of you had contacted me to ask about the photo: my nephew took this photo at the Gas Chambers in Auschwitz. The staining on the ceiling is from the Zyklon B poison. I thought this photo was an apt backdrop for the evils of racism and why it cannot be allowed to rise, no matter where or against whom or by.

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Higher Ground

sky is the limit

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev


When some try to


Vile contempt

Foul report,

There is much more

At stake

Than a furious


Don’t fall prey

To miasmas of

Hate and closed minds.

Do not let lower standards

Become somehow enshrined.

Call it out.

Name it loud.

But refuse the dishonorable

As normed or allowed.

Choose to level


Give a hand.

Hold on tight.

To a firm

Higher ground.





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