Longfellow on Sharon

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Ariel (Scheinerman) Sharon
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Ariel (Scheinerman) Sharon

Perhaps the poem, There Was a Little Girl, lovingly written about the daughter of 19th century American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, best eulogizes the life of  Ariel Sharon….


There was a little girl,

 Who had a little curl,

Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very good indeed,

But when she was bad she was horrid.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Ariel Sharon
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Ariel  Sharon
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The rest of the poem is insightful as well. It exhibits the feelings of the parent (Israel) who has found the beloved child (Arik) making mischief (the “Disengagement”) and punished her for her inappropriate antics.

One day she went upstairs,

When her parents, unawares,

 In the kitchen were occupied with meals,

And she stood upon her head

In her little trundle-bed,

 And then began hooraying with her heels.


Her mother heard the noise,

And she thought it was the boys

A-playing at a combat in the attic;

But when she climbed the stair,

And found Jemima there,

 She took and she did spank her most emphatic.





About the Author
Joanna M. Saidel, Ph.D was the personal research assistant for the late Professor Benzion Netanyahu, father of the current prime minister, from 2000 to 2010. She authored the Doctoral dissertation, Revisionist Zionism in America: The Campaign to Win American Public Support, 1939-1948, and the Master’s thesis, Jewish Life in Latin America. She was awarded "First Place" in the International Art Competition, "My Jerusalem," by Mayor Teddy Kollek and Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
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