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The Gates

Continents stream through the gates of Jerusalem,

converging rivers of faces pumping life’s blood

through chambers of this heart of all cities,

pilgrim faces black as Sudan and white as Sweden,

bronzed as Ishmael and Isaac regathered,

yellow as China and Japan and red as Jeronimo

stepping the ancient stones of Jeremiah,

ethereal as Jacob’s angel and fierce as Cain,

naïve as Eve swerving the mysterious

narrow passageways of pulsing antiquity,

tides gushing through the gates of Damascus

and Jaffa and Zion in flowing currents

of curious quest for the most elusive Source,

the Amazon and Euphrates and Columbia

and Nile join here in holy confluence,

not a face among them the same in wonder,

mine one in the churning global heartbeat!

Elhanan ben-Avraham

Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.