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Yolki Flowers at Tel Hazika
by Elisha Porat

  That autumn, when their time came,
  The Yolki flowers bloomed on Tel Hazika. 
  On the rocks, among shredded helmets,
  Dark yellow patches suddenly blossomed,
  Blinding yellows, as if they warned:
  You can never forget us,
  We will never give you rest;
  You will always, every autumn, wonder
  From where came this yellow yolki color? From where
  Came this egg-yolk color? And where is the swallowed
  Rock, that turned to red, submerged,
  Soured from forgotten blood?

(Yolki is the Hebrew name of a yellow flower that blooms 
every autumn, in the northern Israel, after the first rain.)

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