Daniel Revach (Israel)

Daniel Revach (Israel)
Daniel is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, UK. Born and raised in Israel, he has published poetry both in English and Hebrew in several magazines, as well as translations, opinion articles, and scientific articles. In his free time, he likes to complain about having no free time.
The Little Princess of Kharkiv
“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on. “One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you – the rose that belongs to me.”
– Extract from the little prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
There are new craters
on the moon all the time
in the shape of hopeless optimism –
every little step of the princess of
Kharkiv sends out a ripple
of untamed roses
blooming and bleeding back
to dusk – a new crater, anew
fossilized vinok wreath –
every step in her little moccasins
the waking and withering
of a single-use civilization, every step
on a trail of soul flakes
and body crumbs laid down –
little princess of Kharkiv is forced
                                                      to skip
around the moon as she flees
to earth from earth.
Repeated Attempts to Grasp Heaven
and so we stand,
refusing to accept this haunted soil
could be a home,
our heads bent back,
trying to make out the domes and spires
beyond the shrouds of smog,
mumbling a word
mumbled down to us
trying to taste its meaning,
beyond our little lives…
through virtue… righteousness…
We hoist a hand,
trying to palpate the stars,
never taught Braille.
                                   a kingdom of joy and…
While at our feet our children
dye with blood and tears
their Tavors and teddy bears, they whisper
“no, papa… mama, down here…”
We refuse to hear
what we have always known
but refuse to accept –
that Heaven is not there for us,
it was meant to be here –
right here –
for them.

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