. Tel Shikmona Mosaics here surprise: you wouldn’t know, tramping on thistles, dry late-summer stubble and tripping over rubble, stumbling, slow, that this rough trail leads to the long-ago till suddenly—a broken arch, a floor patterned in blue red black, flowers and birds outlined in tesserae; below them, words in Greek, a cross; this church by a rocky shore for fifteen hundred years has lain here abandoned, eon-battered, yet still haunted by echoes of shuffled feet and plainsong chanted: felt, though unheard, upon the quivering air. Silence; a cooling breeze as evening falls upon the ghosts; a spur-winged plover calls its lonely sik-sik-sik; above the shallows a pied kingfisher hovers, hunting minnows. Previously published in The Orchards Poetry Journal, June 2021. . . Judy Koren, from Haifa, Israel, has a degree in English literature and spent most of her career as a freelance information analyst. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines in Israel and abroad, including The Deronda Review, the Voices Israel Anthology, Better Than Starbucks; Blue Unicorn; Grand Little Things; Lighten Up Online; The Orchards Poetry Journal; The Road Not Taken and The Taj Mahal Review. She is currently President of the Israeli English-language poetry society, Voices Israel.