Literature and Poetry/
Independence Day

Yael Satat

Happy Birthday Homeland!

We stretch over the table an unusual cover

A map of Israel – the land of our fathers

A map with a weird sort of diamond shape

With details and markings upon the landscape

"I have an idea", says the kindergarten teacher:

A trip – just a vehicle on wheels with a driver."

So each prepares a gift and a banner to fit it

We built a train with cars and an engine connected

All ready for the trip – here we are, we're excited.

 

You our homeland are 60 today

A grand birthday party we all celebrate

 

Every child holding a sign in one hand

Is ready to go out to tour through the land

The train runs smoothly – and then it halts.

For eyes to peek out and look all about.

What beautiful nature – oh what scenery.

We have just passed by the wonderful sea!

A hill and a valley and a beautiful stream,

We all wish to go on there is much more to see.

 

The train passes through many cities and towns

As we are sitting and singing out loud

You our homeland are 60 today

A grand birthday party we all celebrate

 

The kindergarten kids watch as the train goes on

Asking, where is Dalia and Dafna and Dan?

Where's Tavor and Kineret and Golan?

Mt. Carmel's blossoms are green and so neat

With colorful flowers that smell very sweet

Who simply are waiting for visitors to greet

The kindergarten teacher asks – do you see:

Oaks and pines and pistachia trees?

A cyclamen, anemone, and willow - what plants!

A vine tree in season – just look how it stands.

 

The train passes through many cities and towns

And we are sitting and singing out loud

You our homeland are 60 today

A grand birthday party we all celebrate

 

So as the train continues down, up and around;

The kindergarten teacher points out to her crowd:

Look at the light blue sky - then look down:

See the waters of the Jordan as we travel by

While a sunbird and a sparrow fly up to the sky

We'll be getting to Jerusalem soon - you all

From here, to Omer, Eilat and Yahel

What fun it is to travel all around Israel

We'll see deer and mountain goats both big and small

 

The train passes through many cities and towns

And we are sitting and singing out loud

You our homeland are 60 today

A grand birthday party we all celebrate

 

We travelled by train and gave souvenirs

In each and every station -  both far and near

Each put down a picture on a sign with a name

Each – with a story and a message quite the same:

Dear homeland we've come by to get acquainted with you;

We met up with nature and settlements too

The trip is almost over, the train howls choo, choo

Back to kindergarten – our trip is almost through

Where on the map on the table – our names show up too.

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