. For Israel Under Siege Imagine that you live in fear of violent Acts of terror daily---bombs may kill Your friends and family---all you love grows silent As hatred of the Jews makes more blood spill. Imagine that you’ve tried to live in peace With neighbors who deny your right to live. You compromise and hope without surcease And year by year brute loathing’s all they give. You fight since you refuse to disappear; You hope despite their hate and moral void. Your presence here exceeds three-thousand years. And though they kill, this truth can’t be destroyed. Though Israel is a land of contradiction, Lord God, preserve her with Your benediction. . . Brian Yapko is a lawyer who also writes poetry. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.