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Saturday, August 30, 2008


by Ana Doina

For Dan Romascanu

Ignore the distressing foreground
the rampage, the killed pedestrians,
the orphaned, the maimed. The Palestinian man
shot dead in the bulldozer is not visible anyway,
although the BBC's headline speaks only of him
and the faultless blue skies.

Just look at the blessed Jerusalem weather
31 C degrees at the time the pictures were taken
humidity a typical 35% - truly
a gorgeous summer day
in the place we all worship.

The forecast should be good in the coming weeks.
Follow the news, there will be more snapshots,
Jerusalem is always in the headlines
and the weather is unerringly picture-perfect.

Pick your favorite drink now,
and have a nice day.

Ana Doina, a Romanian born writer and amateur photographer now living in United States, left Romania during the Ceausescu regime due to political pressures and social restrictions. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous American and international magazines and anthologies. She was nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2002 and 2005. Her photographs were exhibited in the "Art of the Flower 2007" show at the Philadelphia Sketch Club and at the Musee de l'Elysee exhibit "We Are All Photographers Now!" in Lausanne, Switzerland.