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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Daniel Klawitter

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Land Of Promise

(With a nod to Rabbi Hillel, 70 B.C.E.-10 C.E.)

I have seen your sacred hills
scarred by violence, but still holy—
in the way silence can be shrill
after breathing slowly

I have learned to stand as still
as the water in Jacob's Well.
Immobile as Lot's wife—
a soul of salt thirsting for redemption.

My gentile lips speak
only with apprehension
about the ungentle.

So let speaking cease among the weary.
If it is for shalom, salaam, and peace
that we labor, then that which is hateful
do not do unto your neighbor...
the rest is commentary.