Tell me mother as you kiss your baby that no one died today, that no one was a martyr or a hero, and that all who now sleep will awake, and that the sirens that now sound will be the only death recorded, and that the drivers without cars, and the cars without drivers, will each find a partner for as long as they need, like the Palm Doves in the park.
Tell me mother, that as long as you love your baby all mothers will love theirs and no mother will again mourn the foreheads without a kiss and the kiss that has no forehead to receive it.
written on a bus in Herzliya, Israel 22 April 1990 (Holocaust Memorial Day). On this day air raid sirens ring out across Israel at which point all traffic comes to a halt for a couple minutes. Drivers exit and stand next to their cars and pedestrians stop in their tracks and stand at attention while the sirens wail.
It should be noted that this poem had originally been written as a piece for Holocaust Memorial Day, though as the 20th Century bled into the 21st, it is clear that mothers and children all over our world are suffering untold miseries be they refugees escaping tyranny or victims of civil strife or war. This therefore is dedicated to all mothers and children.