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The Single Flame

You cannot see the simple candle light

as you hold the flame up to the autumn sun.

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The glow of peace hides in the blaze of right.

This gentle flickering of Yitzhak Rabin

was not snuffed out along his mission's course -

but embraced there by the greater force

of vision passionately shaped within.

Peace ... not that for which Rabin would fight:

He knew that peace lies hidden in each heart -

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elicited, not won.

Soft, invisible, prayers coexist:

The single flame that lit a million wicks

extends what hearts inexorably know.

The sirens sound.* The candles simply glow.

* On Nov. 6, sirens sounded throughout Israel at the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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