Log Cabin Chronicles

Yolki Flowers at Tel Hazika

ELISHA PORAT

That autumn, when their time came,
The Yolki flowers bloomed on Tel Hazika.
On the rocks, among shredded helmets,
Dark yellow patches suddenly blossomed,
Blinding yellows, as if they warned:
You can never forget us,
We will never give you rest;
You will always, every autumn, wonder
From where came this yellow yolki color? From where
Came this egg-yolk color? And where is the swallowed
Rock, that turned to red, submerged,
Soured from forgotten blood?

Yolki is the Hebrew name of a yellow flower that blooms every autumn, in the northern Israel, after the first rain.

Elisha Porat can be contacted at porat_el@einhahoresh.org.il.

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