Issue 6 – Landman

 

Gila Landman

Sunday Morning, Jerusalem

Five
before dawn
a cry to the silence
a voice
forlornly wails

the Muezzin
steps out of
his tower
reaches beyond

Six
slow mournful bells
echo
in the church tower
if only this were
a reply

Seven
the men below
run

with their
prayer satchels
clutching the
words The Lord
Is One

Shacharit
morning prayers

The Mishnah asks:
How do we know
when it is time
for morning
prayers?

When we can
recognize
from a distance
the face of the
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