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The Web Poetry Corner - Philip Claude Andermann - Thoughts Upon the Assasination of Yitzak Rabin

Thoughts Upon the Assasination of Yitzak Rabin

by

Philip Claude Andermann

Beloved Jewish father,
Whose background I could not understand while you were alive...
Your last book was titled
"What is the value of a Human life?"
After your death I asked that question hour after hour.
I don't know where else you are reborn,
But you are also reborn in me.
I will carry you on my back
Protected through all the battlefields
To peace.
No,
We shall run together -
Or, is your memory carrying me to kosen-rufu?
For our father is the Daishonin,
President Makiguchi, Toda and Ikeda.

And to the assassins of the heart,
To the would-be legions
Of waved swastika and Shinto talismans
(To those Governments of Blindness elected by our apathy),
We shall sing that famous "Song For Peace"
Together with every step of our lives
And render those symbols into impotence.

All these are "tears of amrita."
For I resolve to start today.


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