God once smiled on Israel,

Returned them from captivity,

Forgotten and forgiven.

Now think of us, let us remember

More than anger, more than children

Heaped before their fathers.

Speak us peace, and all who are not

Fools must listen. Blow one kiss

And dandelions, truth

Will sprout through cracking sidewalks, wild

Puffballs, fierce and multiplying.

The second kiss brings rain.