Sonnet 4

Although he didn’t know it, or wouldn’t say,
In addition to being a humanist indeed,
Poldy was prophetic, in a Jewish way:
Universal justice and freedom were his creed.
You ask me, Milly, if I wish to return
To Ireland at last, now I’ve made a name.
Oh yes, kind dear, but daren’t – lest I unlearn
My hard-earned truths, threatened I fear by fame.
I met a man called Kafka the other night,
A lonely Jew from Prague, no older than me.
He was drinking at a bar in a blue light;
Told me his people soon would sacrificed be.
++With nationalism today the popular view,
++The worthy poet must be a wandering Jew.

 

Jerusalem
24 March 2019