By the Waters of Hopelessness

By the waters of Babylon
all my hope was gone.
In front of me was the hell of exile at the setting sun
as the river of sorrow flowed on

As I looked on the blood filled way
losing the meaning of night and day
my mouth lost its power to pray
as I wept remembering my Temple in ruins, it lay

At that moment I knew the darkness of my Soul;
Shadows of memory enwrapped my inner cold,
there was no future to be foretold
all my Hope, to be stalled

By the waters of despair,
in sackcloth I ripped out my hair.
There was nothing left for me to care
even a dream or two I could not spare.

The blue river became dark and gray,
there, no more songs to play;
the weathered faces were Still, with nothing to say
for our Hope, They, the haters of G-d did slay.

By the waters of sorrow
I laid to sleep, dreaming of tomorrow
as the the bodies of my loved ones were eaten by the vulture and the crow.
But I will rise again and return to Zion upright and strong from head to toe

By the waters of exile
I trekked twenty centuries and endless mile
wandering the land of numerous gentile
who shackled me as an enemy, a demon, a hostile

The first time I stood by the Rivers of Zion
to return and jump in.
I recalled my Oath, “If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand lose it power”
I was tired, old, weak, broken but to hopelessness I would never cower
Now, by the Tomb of my King, David, I now stand like an everlasting Tower.

About the Author
Rabbi Avi Schwartz, is the son of the Palmach Legend, Motke Eish HaGarzen, Motke the Axeman. His Father was the commander that led the 21 Palmach Warriors who conquered Har Tzion ( Mount Zion), King David's Tomb in 1948, rescuing 1,700 Jewish men, women and children from the onslaught in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Rabbi Schwartz is both a Black Hat Rabbi and Zionist activist. A filmmaker and writer, with works in Netflix, he is also the creator of the first apps against BDS: Fight BDS and BDS Myth Busters (BDS Myth Busters is sponsored by the Hollywood icon and anti-BDS activist Roseanne Barr. Rabbi Schwartz is the VP of Digital Marketing and Director of Energycite, a breakthrough technology in energy conservation. He also is the founder of Torah Teen Palmach Center, training teens to be future leaders in the tradition of the Palmach.