Fates and Faiths

the old city osnathalperinbarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

In the depths of the city

Where new rubs shoulders

With old,

Uncounted passes of prayers

And woven statements

Enfold,

Fates and faiths of what’s been

And may yet find

Better ways

To be told.

 

 

For Wits-End Weekend Photo Challenge: repeating patterns

 

Not Minor

longneck tribe adirozenzvi

Photo: Adi Rozen-Zvi

 

You hold on in the mountains

Where the way of life you had fled

To protect

Has become

Tied into tourists arriving:

Some to gawk

Others to try and learn a bit about

Your rich traditions,

The pain and pride,

The dignity and patient ways,

The complicated significance

Of who you are

And may wish to remain

And how it is bound into the realities

Of avenues still open to you

In a country where you are

Curios and assets,

As well as precious human beings

Full of life and memories,

And to me rare less in your numbers

Than in the profound window

You open into the uniqueness of

Each one of us

And the minority we are or can be

At any time

To some.

 

 

For the Friday Foto Fun challenge: Minorities

 

 

Pass Time

castle riverboat SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

At exactly the right time

She passes through,

Sliding by.

A riverboat

Glides alongside

The clock in sky.

 

For December Squares: Times

 

 

Revisiting Tranquility

tranquil SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

As cooler days strip the grass

Into brown freezer spots,

Recall days of lush summer

Full of green sunny lots.

Take a breath

Of warm memory,

Hold the story

It told.

It will return

When the weather,

Meanders back from

The cold.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

 

Bridged Time

child on bridge SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Little feet

Crossing stones

Little hand

Holding phone.

Do his toes

Marching on

Note how time

Isn’t gone?

Does his heart

Understand

How the stream

Breathes calm

Underneath

His young mind,

Singing songs

Burbling home?

 

 

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

 

Light Luster

jaffa InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Light reflects

Days to nights

As old times

Watch new heights.

Ancient stone

Understands

Stories fought

Upon sands.

Waves recall

Rise and fall

Of the ebb

And the flow

Of times come

And times go.

 

 

For The Daily Post