Alan Flashman
Alan Flashman

No and yes

Waves of hatred sweep our streets

As rockets roar and sometimes crash

And men are said to have become wolves

Yet again.

To which I say:

No.

No to thugs on either side

Professing loyalty

But surely not to me.

No to mutual destruction

No to death dealing

No to war.

Easier said than done, this No.

Are there ears to hear it

Or voices to share it?

We are to think not,

No  just a minscule aberration

Some foolish dream

Of a few weaklings.

That is why I shout it here:

NO!

This war, this strife is not mine

Nor is it anyone’s destiny

Or necessary reality.

The louder I shout

I begin to hear an echo.

Is it just my voice,

Or  the voice of many fellow

NO sayers?

I choose to claim the latter.

And hope it be so.

From a community of NO

I can compose a chorus of YES.

Yes to fellowship

Of community and economy.

Yes to mutual respect

Health carers united.

Yes to a land we can share.

Yes to integrity and truth.

YES to the Israel I love

For the sake of this YES.

About the Author
Alan Flashman was born in Foxborough, MA, and gained his BA from Columbia, MD from NYU, Pediatrics, Adult and Child Psychiatry specialties at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, NY. He has practiced in Beer Sheba since 1983, and taught mental health at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. Alan has edited readers on Therapeutic Communication with Children (2002) and Adolescents (2005) in Hebrew, translated Buber's I and Thou anew into Hebrew, and authored Losing It, an autobiography, and From Protection to Passover.
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