In Absence Of Touch

In Absence Of Touch (Randyjw; May 18, 2018)


More than a whisper

enveloped in your presence

strong, each encounter



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Temple Mount Sifting Project

Photo not representative of actual artefacts

Temple Mount Sifting Project (Randyjw; May 18, 2018)


The Temple Mount Sifting Project is an important archaeological undertaking to recover artefacts as yet-to-be-unearthed in the 9,000 tons of dirt removed illegally from around Solomon’s Stables by the Muslim Waqf and dumped into the Kidron Valley.


I was fortunate to have been given a ride to the site by one of the founders of the project, Zachi, and to have been able to take part in this very touching facet of Jewish history, associated with one of our most iconic sites and structures bespeaking Jewish ancestry: the Holy Temple. The other of the Project’s founders, Gabi Barkai, is one of my favorite teachers from my archaeological- and tour-guiding courses.


Israel is a small country, and we remain a miraculous improbability in terms of our existence. Yet, by G-d, we do.


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Hands In Front Of The Fireplace

Hands In Front Of The Fireplace (Randyjw; May 17, 2018)


In the litany unearthed of words

the decrepit, soulless descent

beckons to the ravens of the dirge

for the covenless lovers’ lament

Yet not one has singularly proven

on brooms there fly real witches

so, mine a nameless, blameless surge

across an endless Night of Bridges*




Shayne, David. “The tragedy and triumph of the Palmach, on the 75th anniversary of its founding”.; May 17, 2016:


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United States Embassy – Jerusalem, Israel

United States Embassy – Jerusalem, Israel (Randyjw; May 15, 2018)



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Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Happy Mother’s Day 2018 (Randyjw; May 13, 2018)





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Puzzle Piece

Puzzle Piece (Randyjw; May 11, 2018)


What in this issue is akin to a jigsaw —

starting with rigid borders and one-sided ends

working my way from the easy parts backwards,

so revealing fine details of the pictures within

Tiny pieces that all look uniform

one head, two arms, and two little legs,

subtle, yet varied among form and gradations

the two nestled perfectly is how you begin

Others join on to string right and then left

extending the base to a single-formed line

Continue around using only the straight-edge

until you have completed the silhouette of your design

Now gently find way to apportion the remainders

the commonalities between and what sets them apart

Take one in your palm as you cherish and savor

the distinctive striations and distinguishing marks

Learn subtle expressions displayed by each

shadow of a boat or the shade of a gull

lucid peach light in the lover’s eyes

tilt of chin in the fading sun

Aha! and to complete the process some time past begun

you grasp the last piece and you think that  you’re done

You carefully turn it to place in that spot

and, ever, went missing

that darn elusive last one



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Ecosystem Of Words

Ecosystem Of Words (Randyjw; May 10, 2018)


Words are just fill-ins

Igniting ecosystems

Catalyst begins


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