The One Contains the All

by Mark Chmiel

There are pictures that stay in the memory as if carved with a fine chisel.
Of the thousands of demolished homes I remember one house in Silwad.
Of the hundreds of torture victims I see the burnt eyes and the crouched back of Sulaiman.
Of the countless smiles in the darkness there is the smile of Sami.
Of the hundreds of hunger-strikers I see the tiny Mehdi.
Like a great sea reflected in a tiny drop.

–Israeli attorney Felicia Langer, from her work of testimony, An Age of Stone

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