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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Yom Hazikaron

Today, there will be nothing controversial for me. The day speaks for itself. No matter what you think of the siren, the way our fallen soldiers are remembered, the point is that they are remembered and are immortal in the hearts of those that live and carry their torch. They died so that we may live. A poem to salute the day:

O Captain! My Captain!
By; Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


At 4:08 PM, Blogger menachem said...

wasn't that the poem from that movie with robin williams and the kid who kills himself?

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Yes, they say the first part of the poem at the end of the movie, "Dead Poets' Society. The ironic part is that it's a very sad poem about a soldier that dies after a battle's been won. The soldier that everybody loved and followed. However, whenever it's used in movies, it's always used in such a happy positive light. I guess they forgot to read the rest of it.

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Chai18 said...

very interesting poem and normally i don't like Walt Whitman but this one is pretty good.


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