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Songs of Hope

 

This is a selection of ten poems from the book:

	Songs of Hope
	by Eliezer ben Moshe (Dr. Eli Lasch)
	Published by Vantage Press
	516 W 34th st. NYC., NY 10001

 

  1. The Gate
  2. The New Age
  3. Rebirth
  4. The Road
  5. The Fetters
  6. To All (and Especially Jewish) Mothers with Love
  7. Freedom
  8. We Are Eternity
  9. A Garden of Eden
  10. Gott - Wer bist Du?

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  1. The Gate
    There is a gate
    In each of us
    From here to there
    From there to here
    Or could it simply be
    From here to here
    From there to there?
    
    There is a gate
    In each of us
    From death to life
    From life to death
    Or could it simply be
    From life to life
    From death to death?
    
    There is a gate
    In each of us
    For us to choose
    For us to pass
    The question is
    For all of us
    Where is the gate
    For me to pass?
    
    	Naxos, 1989

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  2. The New Age
    Born out of fear and solitude.
    An age where all comes together.
    Where love and logic are at last united.
    Where freedom reigns supreme.
    No longer afraid of man or nature,
    Man embraces them all.
    In total love and understanding.
    One at last with God the creator.
    And with himself.
    
    	Jaffa, 1985

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  3. Rebirth
    The world is heavy on my shoulders.
    The walls are high.
    I am enclosed - where shall I go?
    The stones are hard, no way to pass!
    I hurt - I hurt!
    My brow is bleeding,
    my nails are torn.
    I beat the rocks - they will not yield.
    I fall onto the ground - so cold, so hard!
    I try to burrow into the earth,
    to reach its core -
    maybe that is my way? But no!
    
    I look into my heart,
    the place so long forgotten;
    and to my greatest joy I see,
    THE ANSWERS ARE ALL THERE!
    No longer must I be enclosed.
    I grow, I grow, I am so tall
    I walk over the walls.
    
    The sun is shining once again,
    the sky is blue - the grass is green.
    It was all there, apparently,
    only mine to see.
    The sun - the moon - the sea,
    they can be seen for free!
    The only thing you have to do
    is walk over the walls.
    And then you too - are free!
    
    	Jaffa, 1986

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  4. The Road
    The road is long,
    the path is steep,
    and thorns are all around.
    The ruins of the times long past,
    they pull me to the ground.
    
    I do not see the end of pain,
    the end of solitude.
    Meanwhile the winds are blowing cold,
    and I am drenched by rain.
    
    There is no need for that to be,
    it's all in your minds eye.
    This road of yours is bound to fail.
    Come, let the ruins lie.
    
    Allow the sun to shine on you,
    and give and give you all you need.
    Forget about your solitude
    and finally proceed:
    
    From petrified eternity
    to the eternal N O W,
    forget your own mortality,
    your quest for Why and How.
    
    And thus the end of pain you reach.
    And thorns will start to bloom.
    It's your own walls that you must breach
    to leave this road of doom.
    
    	Jaffa, 1986

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    The Fetters

    The fetters are inside of us
    We throw them out
    We put them back
    
    The fetters are in each of us
    They pull us down
    They pull us up
    
    We are all like puppets on a string
    Torn here and there
    As if by winds
    
    Where is the puppeteer?
    I ask
    I want to pull the strings
    At last
    
    	Naxos, 1989

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    To All (and Especially Jewish) Mothers with Love
    (Dedicated to Arianne)

    I want you to, why don't you do?
    I know what's best for you.
    If you are late, you will cause hate
    And Mummy will hurt too.
    
    O Mother dear, O Mother dear,
    Why don't you let me be?
    Why don't you love me as I am?
    Why always fight with me?
    
    No no, my son, no no, my son,
    It's Mother who knows best!
    The structure is what counts the most.
    Don't put it to the test.
    
    O Mother dear, O Mother dear,
    You are as hard as nails.
    You cover it by loving words,
    But underneath the granite lurks.
    And woe to one who fails!
    
    When will you learn, O Mother dear,
    That love is light as down.
    Your worries pull me down as lead,
    keep me well to the ground.
    
    So let me fly, O Mother dear.
    And don't be so afraid.
    My wings are grown, O Mother dear,
    The future lies ahead.
    
    	Zfat, 1986

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    Freedom

    We are flying with the winds over the clouds
    We are riding the storm over the world
    We are grasping the lightning -
    And bringing it down!
    We are masters of the world
    And of ourselves
    
    We have thunder on the right
    And lightning on the left
    We are grasping the pillars
    Which hold up the rest
    We are playing with the clouds
    And chasing the moon
    We are free at last
    And that's not too soon!
    
    	Haifa, 1988

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    We Are Eternity

    We are eternity
    We are here and yet not here
    We are there and yet not there
    Where are we then?
    We are eternity!
    
    We are eternity
    We are God and Man as one
    In one body and in one soul
    We are here and there at once
    Who are we then?
    We are eternity!
    
    	Haifa, 1988

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    A Garden of Eden

    A Garden of Eden
    A garden of light
    A garden where wrong
    Was considered as right
    
    A Garden of Eden
    A garden of love
    A garden where freedom
    Was considered a must
    
    A Garden of Eden
    A garden ... so lost
    Can it be found?
    Perhaps!
    
    	Cologne, 1989

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    These ten poetic songs have been recorded to CD.
    They are read by the author with the accompaniment of a six piece band.

    To order this CD on line visit The HOPE Shop.

    For more information contact:

      Dr. Eli Lasch
      Derflinger str. 14
      Berlin 10785 Germany
      fax: (49) 30 2640953

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