65th Memorial Day of the State of Israel

Earlier today at the Israeli Foreign Ministry Memorial Ceremony,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Memorial Wall
this poem was read by Iman (whose last name I did not catch). What I did hear and do remember is that Iman is a Cadet of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and that she too, like so many others of us is a member of the same bereaved family of the State of Israel.
“Among the Photographs”
by Elisha Porat

“On Memorial Day I wander
among the photographs: the taut black
ribbons entwined with flowers,
candles flickering under the images.
From within the white strips of writing,
I watch as their fingerprints
emerge, their laughter,
their secret whisperings bursting out at me.
How very different things could have been
with them, among them, in the heat of their breath,
and not so soft and silent,
like now, without them.”
*******
….here in Jerusalem the sun is setting,
three memorial candles are on the side board waiting,
candles & photographs on the sideboard
 …one is for Jay’s Genia (who was murdered in the terrorist attack against Jerusalem Egged bus number 14 aleph in 2003)
…one is for our (my children’s and mine) David (who was murdered in the terrorist attack against our Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992)
…one is for all the soldiers who fell in the service of the State and for all the civilians killed in terrorist attacks.
here in Jerusalem the sun has set,
the dark silence bears witness reminding us all that it is now the 65th Memorial Day of the State of Israel….
and just ahead of the siren in their memory, we lit the candles….
lit candles & photographs on the sideboard

and then we stood together on the balcony facing the Israeli Knesset, together listening to the siren, each one alone… 

Israeli Knesset at Night

all photographs are by Isa David-Ben-Rafael and are owned by IsraeLightly

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