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Joy’s Ashes in Israel: An Independent Woman (part 3)…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Israel,Jewish Themes,Liberation Fantasies,Life & Death,Love and Romance,Travel — Bob at 6:03 am on Monday, October 30, 2017

Joy’s Ashes in Israel:

An Independent Woman

(part 3)

By Robert M. Katzman © October 30, 2017


Joyce’s Choices:

She chose to marry a Jewish man

She chose to become a Jewish woman

She chose to have Jewish children

She became an excellent Jewish cook

Cloaking herself in the identity she wanted

Even to dying on Sunday, May 14th

Israel’s 69th Independence Day

She chose to lead a Jewish life

Rosh Hashanah//Yom Kippur


New to Joyce’s existence at twenty-five

Were never forced upon her

A life she controlled

Though cancer kept Joyce from Israel

It did not choose her destiny

The man who chose her

The man who loved her

For over forty years

Completed her wishes

In the cool darkness before sunrise

Climbed up the side of Masada

Higher than he remembered

Harder than he remembered

The ultimate symbol of Jewish Resistance

Now a symbol of Joyce’s Resistance

Carried her ashes to the ruins

Of the Fortress in the desert

Where 2000 years ago

900 Jews resisted

The mighty Roman Army

The World’s strongest Empire’s

Determination to enslave them

For two long years

Then chose their own fate

And died by their own hands

When the sun rose over Masada

Bright piercing yellow light

Streaking across the sculpted hills

Heat rising like a prayer

Her husband completed

Joy’s last choice

Joy’s last wish

Felt the now broiling air

Flowing around him

Chose one more moment to hold her

To kiss the felt bag that held her

Resignation chipping away at his soul

Sunlight harshly illuminating

Wrinkles in his working-man’s hands

She knew those aged raised blue veins

The million times his hand held hers

Then he released Joyce’s ashes

To blow free into the wind

Carrying the last of Joyce’s essence

Across the dry desert sands

Across the stark Judean hills

Perhaps even to the Dead Sea

And he watched her ashes

Become part of Israel


Promise Made

Promise Kept


My Love



 (To be continued…)


Driving in the Dark: Lost in Israel (part 1) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3736

Bob in Israel: A Crusader Castle; The Tunisian Synagogue (part 2) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3748

Joy’s Ashes in Israel: An Independent Woman (part 3) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3761

Marsha Michael, Who Solved My Problems in Israel (part 4) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3771

Tel Aviv, Israeli radio and Unexpected Art (part 5) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3796

Vad Yashem: Killing Millions of Children (part 6) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3811

Chicago man Watches Death of Samurais in Israel (part 7)//www.differentslants.com/?p=3846

Traveling Alone, Traveling Together (part 8) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3865

An American Jew’s Bold New Plan for a Sane, Peaceful and Prosperous State of Palestine (part 9) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3887

David’s Star in Israel (part 10) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3907

Sleeping With the Bedouins (part 11-a) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3962

Pleading with Fate in Jerusalem (part 12) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3980

To contact the writer:


Another word from the author;

Bob Katzman, poet, writer (5 books in print), entrepreneur and technophobe is seeking smart representation as a speaker for hire and to record all my work. As a guy who took on America’s largest magazine distributor in a six-year battle, and beat ‘em, as well as Com Ed, AT&T and Amex after that, all while having cancer at 18 and brain surgery (twice) at 54, plus 34 other operations, I know I can inspire both young and old people who possibly have less to overcome in their pursuit of happiness.

I’m the only guy to write a book about running a chain of newsstands for 20 years despite all the corruption Chicago had to offer. When things got really bad, the Chicago Syndicate stepped in to help me out. Scary. I can be reached at robertmkatzman@gmail.com or 847.274.1474. Serious responses only, people.

For the really curious, go to www.DifferentSlants.com/?p=3024 and read:

The City is Littered With the Corpses of My Retail Life


Comment by Brad Dechter

October 30, 2017 @ 6:29 am

Beautiful.Thank you for sharing!
Love you Bob!

Comment by Jim Payne

October 30, 2017 @ 6:36 am

You conquered Masada to carry out Joy’s last wish.
Now Joy is part of the world she came from.
Now she is in the air you breath.
Now you go on always changed by Joy.
She is in your life.

Comment by Brian Novak

October 30, 2017 @ 9:25 am

Bob – You captured my heart with this piece. Masada is such a special place in such a sacred land – you brought such honor and dignity to your family. Stay strong.


Comment by Don Larson

October 30, 2017 @ 9:34 am


You have always been a man of your word.

This was a beautiful tribute.


Comment by b matteson

October 30, 2017 @ 11:51 am

you wring my heart out like a kitchen sponge…

Comment by Garland Cole

October 30, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

If honor is to be measured, it should be measured by love’s devotion. You are an honorable man, Bob, no doubt.

The Judean Hills have tasted your honor, Joyce’s ashes, and will remember you both for so long as the sun shall dawn and give rise to new life. Oneness is the perfect song, the perfect poem, here perfectly expressed.

Thank you for flying past my window

Comment by Charlie Newman

October 30, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

as always…well done…

Comment by anna kong

October 31, 2017 @ 5:35 am

Love,dedication,honor and commitment. Beautiful.

Comment by Bill Skeens

October 31, 2017 @ 3:11 pm


That was beautiful. Your heartfelt act is amazing as you honor her wishes. I hope it also brought you some peace. Be well my friend.

Bill Skeens

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