Log Cabin Chronicles

Three Colours

ELISHA PORAT

On Memorial Day I make my way up
to the small military cemetery.
In the northwestern corner
we've placed a grey basalt rock
and facing the southern corner-
a blanching chunk of chalk.
And in between under the loose sand
our red loam
spreads itself all round.

And when the loudspeaker booms out
the memorial prayer
I close my eyes
and see those three colours
descend before me and disappear
into the encroaching shadow of the stones. .

Translated into English by Seymour Mayne

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