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On a trip to Israel in 2012, a third in my lifetime, these were my observations and questions

This Land of Mystery   Written during 17 day trip to Israel  2012 first trip since 1981

The winding roads
Ancient stones
The Golan Hill
Olive Groves
The wadi trails
The market place
So many call this home

Walking through the gates
Climbing on the ramparts
Kiss the holy stones of history
Every step touches loss and triumph
In this land of mystery

The crusaders’ walls
The desert flowers
Vineyard sun
The Roman ruins
The water’s edge
In Judean caves 
Oh can I call this home

Ani michapechechet et haderech drachi
Ani Michapechet  et haderech l’bati
I am searching the way back home

Walking through the gates
Climbing on the ramparts
Kiss the holy stones of history
Every step touches death and triumph
In this land of mystery

The mue’zzin calls
The church bells ring
Soldiers march
The prophets roam
The wall divides
The trees torn down
So many want this home

Walking through the gates
Climbing on the ramparts
Kiss the holy stones of history
Every step touches hope and triumph
In this land of mystery

Ani michapechest et et haderech drachi

Ani michapechet et haderech l’bati

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