Deja vu - Judith Apter Klinghoffer
Dr. Judith Apter Klinghoffer taught history and International relations at Rowan University, Rutgers University, the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing as well as at Aarhus University in Denmark where she was a senior Fulbright professor. She is an affiliate professor at Haifa University. Her books include Israel and the Soviet Union, Vietnam, Jews and the Middle East: Unintended Consequences and , International Citizens' Tribunals: Mobilizing Public Opinion to Advance Human Rights
Frieda, my Iranian cyber friend went me this lovely poem as a New Year offering. I thought I will share it with you because she is right and we should remember it:
"I learned optimism from American society..The first time I learned to be a positive thinker was, when I arrived in this country. I learned there is always a good story next to the bad one. It's a blessing to be able to see the sunny side of any situation. Anyway, I think this poem is the most positive one I have seen. So I hope you and your family the brightest and the best of the year 2005 can offer".
Samurai Song by Robert Pinsky
When I had no roof I made Audacity my roof. When I had No supper my eyes dined.
When I had no eyes I listened. When I had no ears I thought. When I had no thought I waited.
When I had no father I made Care my father. When I had No mother I embraced order.
When I had no friend I made Quiet my friend. When I had no Enemy I opposed my body.
When I had no temple I made My voice my temple. I have No priest, my tongue is my choir.
When I have no means fortune Is my means. When I have Nothing, death will be my fortune.
Need is my tactic, detachment Is my strategy. When I had No lover courted my sleep.
Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2005 - 16:45