"The Whaleship Emma C. Jones off Round Hills, New Bedford" by William Bradford‘How Can You Feel Blue?’ and Other Poetry by Edmund Jonah The Society December 28, 2016 Beauty, Poetry, Terrorism 4 Comments How Can You Feel Blue? How can you feel blue When you look toward the sky And see the darkling silhouette Of birds, as gracefully they fly In strict formation ‘cross The iris of your eye? How can you feel blue When you pause upon the shore To watch the waves caress the sand Now gently and forevermore Tender as the present tide Or crashing with a roar? How can you feel blue When the pattern of your life Full lived, with joy and woeful pain In equal sum for man and wife, With cool dispassion viewed, Is still with colours rife? A Song of Warfare We have fought for king and country, We have heard the bullets zing, We have sung the song of warfare, Who’s next, who’s queued to sing? We have seen our friends being shattered, Bones and gore the only litter. Those who sing in praise of courage Serve to make us more the bitter. Now a new and brutal warfare, Meant to slay both weak and small; “This is just,” – this evil terror – Is the new muezzins’ call. Hate still breeds among us, brothers, Cain kills Able far and wide. Can we stop this self-destruction? Time is not upon our side. Edmund Jonah was born in Calcutta, India to Iraqi Jewish parents. He discovered his love of words, music and film at a very early age. At age 22, he emigrated to the U.K. where he married. 10 years later he and his wife moved with their 7 month old daughter to Israel, where they produced two boys. They now have 3 granddaughters. He has his book, ‘Yeshua!’ published and several of his stories have appeared in Magazines and Anthologies world-wide. He is one of the founding members of English Theatre in Israel and of the Shakespeare Reading Circle in Tel-Aviv. He is now retired but lectures on several subjects all around the centre of the country. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Carol Smallwood December 28, 2016 Could you please tell me what kinds of classical poem (pantoum, sonnet, etc.) you wrote? I’d like to do some! Thank you for sharing your work. Reply Dona December 31, 2016 Very interesting poems. My favorite is the first and I am also interested in the form. Thank you for sharing! Reply Dona Fox December 31, 2016 I apologize, on my iPhone, forgot to enter my last name. I didn’t mean to be rude. Reply Wendy Bourke January 2, 2017 The anaphora repetition is lovely and emotive in ‘How Can You Feel Blue’ and adds to the haunting quality of the question you pose . ‘A Song of Warfare’ is powerful and moving. Both pieces are wonderfully rendered. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.