Sit and stare in horror and revulsion at the photo.
Jewish lips tasting humiliation.
Jewish lips trembling in fear of the bully’s punches.
Fear and humiliation scars our stomachs, like lashes on our backs.
Sit and stare at the photograph remembering the words of our bullies.
“Jew, hit the ground and kiss my feet!”
How those words sting.
How they destroy our confidence in ourselves, as well as the Almighty.
Our ancestors heard those destructive words.
Throughout the ages, they tasted, touched and smelled the leather:
The legionnaire’s Roman sandals;
The grand inquisitor’s embroidered shoes;
The Cossack’s brown riding boots;
The Schutzstaffel’s spit-polished knee-high black boots;
The Arabian’s gold embroidered curled-toe shoe;
The skinhead’s army boots.
Sit and stare as the photograph spits out promises and a prayer,
“Never again will I heel to my tormentors.”
“Never again will I kiss the feet of my oppressors.”
“Thank G-d for the State of Israel.”