The Western Wall was one of four retaining walls constructed by King Herod around the Temple Mount Never part of the Holy Temple itself, but a symbol of Jewish yearning throughout the centuries of seemingly endless Exile It held no religious significance when the Temple stood but came to represent the Jews' hope of returning home from Exile To live in Israel, to pray in Jerusalem; following the War of 1967, the Western Wall came into Jewish hands For the first time in nearly two thousand years, liberated by Israeli paratroopers, themselves overcome by emotion at the event Over time, it gradually morphed into a de facto synagogue run by ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe they're still living in Exile
d’Verse Poetics Prompt:
‘Passions Stamped on Lifeless Things’
At d’Verse, poets were invited to write poems about historical artifacts, including family heirlooms, museum pieces, monuments, palaces, etc. The choice belongs to the poet, but there must be some link to history and the past. There is no length or style requirement.
Let’s write poetry together!
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!