Waiting for a sunrise of peace

While Jerusalem photographer, Yaal Herman, photographed sunrise
In memory of Adam Herzig (1923-2020)
A man of action and of peace- Honorary Citizen of Netivot, Israel

A humid breeze swept the Kidron Valley.
Morning rain had left the ground moist as clay.
Clouds slowly swam across the sea of sky.
The sun hid its warmth behind its cloud veil.
Both shadow and light sought the Mount of Olives,
As the mountain awaited millennia
For Elijah to Herald Messiah,
With but the ram’s horn for his arrival,
While the silence of early evening.
Beckoned the clarion call for world peace.
The graves on the Mountain remained very still
For resurrection, a time beyond time,
When eternity unfolds the planet
For its only purpose, to work as One.
Ancient and contemporary prayers,
Together with the Priestly Benediction,
Thus climb the Western Wall and Temple Mount,
As the Bells of the Holy Sepulcher ring,
While the Muezzin calls from the Mosque of Omar,
Meeting the bell’s echoes and Muezzin’s call.
All the prayers together symphonize
A bridge of sound which reaches all ears
And resonates on and on, waiting
For a song of peace to be sung in unison
in recognition of the One Creator of us all.

About the Author
Michel M.J. Shore is a retired judge of the Federal Court of Canada and recently made a home in Israel. He is the writer of several published books and poetry collections.
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