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two minutes [#poem]

two minutes
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

two minutes

standing silent
bodies swaying
next to frozen cars
as a national shofar blares
stopping time

highway into shul
childhood into something else
adults into children
strangers into barrack-mates
citizens into a People
people into survivors
survivors into symbols

swaying insecure
determined to remember
fight and protect
preparing to mourn
struggling for air

never again
will highway be highway
child be child
memory be memory
strangers be strangers

never again
for two minutes

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