Admit it, Israel is real -
upset as you may be by that.
You hoped she would disappear,
because the Jews are good when dead,
because you like them on the pictures
in Babiy Yar, in Auschwitz, and
when an exquisite movie features
a Jewish child, killed at the end.
These days, when that - again - does happen -
a baby shot in father's hands
or butchered in her cradle - you're napping:
those are just everyday events.
Alas, they are too small to make it
to the front page of what you read.
Too few are dead for that to matter -
there's no excuse for that, admit.
It is unsettling, on reflection,
to see the live and fighting Jews:
they have the right to self-protection,
but that's a right they should not use.
If only they laid down weapons
and let the world decide their fate!
That's always worked, and would be helpful
to mollify the world's Jew-hate.
And if it does not - not to worry:
it's not like this is something new.
Could make a touching bedtime story -
before the killers come for you.
- M. Vanyukov