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the tel-Aviv

Secular heart

for secular Israel.

Sand  dune beaches

flowing

with Mediterranean blood

lend life and song

to the Jewish soul.

©jfrancis

   1.1.6

 

Ancient Jericho

City of fallen walls

and Rahab,

whose redemption

opens the pages of faith

to Messiah

and Grace.

©jfrancis

  4.17.5

 

Evicting Gaza

Jews removing Jews

from the land.

Gaza, once again

shifting sand.

©jfrancis

  8.18.5

 

Time,

swept along on human emotion,

becomes a delicate tapestry

woven through the day

then stitched with silver thread

into the night time sky

as proof of its passing.

©jfrancis

   1.1.6

 

Leaving Gaza

for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Walls persuade secular man

to move earth

and leave Heaven

for the piety of angels.

One day soon

Philistines will appear

a new clan of Judah.

Walls will fall

in heaps of broken pride.

Gaza will arise

On a Spirit of Grace

no longer the sea people

of Delilah’s heart.

©jfrancis

  5.28.5

Zion

(ism)

Jerusalem hill,

pregnant

with Jewish history.

Laboring

to birth G-d’s vision

of a complete people,

Abraham’s children,

wed to the land

and each other.

 

© jfrancis

    1.31.6

April 17, 2006

(telaviv)

 

The sirens call

and duty demands

come

now is the time

to give eternity

our heroes.

©jfrancis

4.17.6

 

Time Machine
(imagine)
 
Twelve moons have loosed
the pearly chains of gravity
to send the sea back,
back to it's tidal rest
past the gately towers
of Queensboro's
rich and stately spires,
back to strawberry fields
and imaginary time
of peace and love
when lyric and rhyme
mesmerized the mind.

Poetic Inspiration

fuels the spirit

accelerates the mind

producing a rush

of literary brilliance*,

word on word,

in perfect order

a collage

of sensory expression

painting the mind

with surreal images.

 

jfrancis

 4.16.6

note: ‘brilliance’ is a relative term.

 

Back to Genesis

Intelligent

designer clouds

dripping moisture,

the milk of heaven

and honey of earth,

covering

a multitude of sinners

who wait

for the latter reign

of heaven’s creator

 

jfrancis

8.13.6

 

Surrogate Victim

The pungent 

drip of victory

leaks from vein 

and life

across cobbled concrete,

a gift

from free radicals

to the cellular life

 of Lebanon.

 

jfrancis

8.20.6

 

The Time of Benaya's Rain

The poetic form of prayer found on a dead

IDF soldier named Benaya Rein.

May your dear will,

G-d and L-rd of our fathers,

erase war

and spilling of blood evermore.

Overshadow this world

with great

and wonderful peace,

that nations

learn war no more,

neither hatred, deceit

or spitefulness.

Let all residents of earth

know ultimate truth:

that we come

to this world

to recognize and know G-d,

the blessed one

of Israel.

 

jfrancis  9.29.6

 

‘Baby’

 

is the space

between two hearts.

 

©jfrancis   10.3.6

 

Reflections

Death

is an accumulation

of insults

to the human

spirit/body.

 

Jfrancis©     

6.27.7

Natural Reflection


We are He

who designed us

in His image

to explore

His infinite

Design.



jfrancis

1.28.8

 

Stripped
 


Gaza___

is her people,

sons and daughters

washed ashore

for the aged land

to imprison

with the sand

at their feet.


jfrancis

1.18.8

The Poor

We have with us always,

G-d’s masterpiece

of creation,

the backdrop

of all humanity

without which

the bright stars

no longer shine,

a bridge between

Love and Charity.



jfrancis




2.22.8

On Holocaust Day

How do we measure

memories,

laid end to end,

across creation’s timelessness?

One by one

into the face of eternity.

©jfrancis

5.2.8

The Lemon Tree

(and bitter sweetness)

 

Love is not

the last petal

of daisy’s blossom.

Love is

the eternal affliction

of the human heart.

 

jfrancis

6.9.8

 

The Definition of Love

 

Love has no definition.

Yet 

brings reason to the mind,

faintness to the heart,

an inconsolable desire

to touch

the other life

with permanence.

©jfrancis

9.12.8

 

Firstfrost

Frozen in life

the swift death comes

to field and glen

where expectations

never exceed

October.

 

jfrancis

10.25.8

photo by Mary R. Carroll\

 

The Chair

I assume the sea

is your friend

and the chair___

rocks in the wind

when you are not there.

 

©jfrancis

11.23.8

Photo by Christina Martin

 

Bloodline 

Life is today___

eternity tomorrow

and the bloodline of Adam

the complete story.

 

©jfrancis

1.7.9

 

FINALE

Shakespeare

said it all

and left me

the little words 

to write

of little worlds.

 

jfrancis

 

6.24.10

Untitled

Moontime  brings

secondhand light,

cheap shade

spread evenly

for effect,

where lover 

live out their lives.

jfrancis

7.17.10

 

REMEMBERING

How the years pass

as ashes from the urn

yet life remains

not our greatest dreams

but the love

of everyday joys

and those who give them.

jfrancis

8.31.10

PAINT THE WILD MEADOW

The mist lies comfortably

on the lowland meadow

driven there

by frigid autumn breezes__

a perfect framing

as the artist comes

riding on fire.

 

jfrancis

11.9.10

 

MUSIC

 

A language of Love

 

where transliteration

 

involving two hearts

 

meld the spirits

 

around harmony, lyrics

 

and the magic

 

of shared Love.

 

jfrancis

 

12.14.2010

 

THE GOSPEL OF GRACE

 

Out of Galilee

 

came the gospel

 

to Bethlehem

 

to awaken the world

 

from its sleep___

 

to confirm

 

date with death

 

and his passion

 

for the souls of men.

 

jfrancis

 

12.30.2010

 

 

WICKED WINTER

 

wrestles the will to survive

 

while savaging

 

man’s windswept land

 

but time will winnow

 

the brutalized grasses

 

laid bare

 

by the swift death

 

of firstfrost___

 

and only repent

 

its devastation

 

when heaven’s mercy

 

repeals winter’s envy

 

of summer’s

 

luscious beauty.

 

jfrancis

 

 

AGING

 

We suffer most

 

at the hands of time___

 

and let the days

 

drag its baggage

 

across our face,

 

while contemplating

 

the alternative.

 

jfrancis

 

12.20.2010

 


 

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