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Strange Snow
translated from the Hebrew by Riva Rubin

Strange soft snow descends 
on the slopes of Jebel-El-Kebir, 
chill and silent it falls 
on dogouts and vehicles 
armored on the screens of memory. 
Astray in me in the damp haze 
forgotten comrades call 
whose lives once touched my life 
now grown distant beyond the roads 
the roadblocks the rolling hardare. 
Once, among them, I saw 
such a pure white suddenly crushed; 
minced and ploughed under and rearing up 
and then subsiding silently absorbing 
rent veins and reddening stain.