Inland

by P. David Hornik (April 2015)

  

                           1

 

I could wake at seven, six, five, four…

but I wouldn’t see dawn on the sea.

 

                          2

 

In Beersheva houses the color of sand

seek no further than the surrounding sand.

 

                            3

 

I could take the earliest bus from Beersheva

and it still wouldn’t be dawn on the sea.

It would be morning,

the same Brit

roaming the boardwalk and saying

“Mate, can you spare me a shekel”

as when I used to live in Tel Aviv.

 

                               4

 

Beyond him wetsuit figures

like shiny black beetles

gamboling in the winter surf.

The refuse,

the same sting of breeze,

it would be morning

sitting on the bench

drinking cold diet Coke.

 

                                5

 

It would not be dawn

in my Beersheva flat at 4 a.m.

It would not be near the sea.

But in my mind’s eye

the first pallor

touches the water

hushed as when

the teacher returned to the room.

 

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P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator in Beersheva, Israel. In recent years his work appears especially on the PJ Media and Frontpage Magazine sites, and his book Choosing Life in Israel was published in 2013. At present he is working on an autobiography.

 

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