HADRIAN’S QUESTION: A POEM OF LIFE AND DEATH

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Hadrian   Hospital

[I am issuing this poem on the Emperor Hadrian’s birthday, b.Jan 24th, 76 AD. The above picture is of the Royal Melbourne Hospital which due to an emergency stay there over a decade ago contributes something to my thoughts. Hadrian reflected in verse upon his death on his deathbed, adding some rhyme to the unrhymed traditions of Latin verse]

HADRIAN’S QUESTION: A POEM OF LIFE AND DEATH

Carbolic freshness has the strength of spring
The polished gleam recalls returning light
But nothing’s vernal here. The senses
Shrink upon this path and seek escape
Before the implicit sentence of the wards.

Past swing doors, corridors and the beds
In public row and private room where lie
The many of expectant or exhausted face
The cheer of callers from the outside world
Sounds hollowly against these plain white walls,
And much is forced. There’s more relief on
Floors below where birth lets life…

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Views of Jerusalem – Morning to Nightfall

beautiful!

nomadruss in words and photos

Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity -Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet
ירושלים היא עיר נמל על חופו של נצח יהודה עמיחי, משורר ישראלי

This week’s post is all Jerusalem, as seen from various vantage points around the city, from morning to nightfall.
ההודעה של השבוע היא כל ירושלים, כפי שנראה מנקודות תצפית שונות ברחבי העיר, מהבוקר ועד רדת החשכה.

“…the earthly Jerusalem will one day fade away into the Heavenly Jerusalem.”

“… ירושלים של מטה תהיה יום אחד נמוגות לתוך ירושלים של מעלה”.

The Psalmist gave us these words, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.”

התהילים נתנו לנו את המילים האלה: “התפללו לשלום בירושלים. מי ייתן וכל מי שאוהב את העיר הזאת ישגשגו”.

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