Tel Aviv Diary - May 5-9,2011 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

May 5, 2011

I wrote this all down yesterday but seem to have erased it. First, Panic Ensemble's new clip: "Obsessions".

The text is part of a long poem I wrote called "Love Soup"

I forget the rest I erased yesterday.

Spent the evening at the main library at an evening for Moshe Dor's latest book of poetry. As always in our literary evenings, well-known poets and editors read a poem and say a few words about the contribution of the poet to Israeli literature. It's an interesting ritual, and in this case was well-deserved. Moshe Dor's latest book is full of such love and pain - love for his woman and pain for the way this country has lost its values.

May 6, 2011

Oh yes, now I remember what I wanted to say yesterday. Tomorrow is Panic Ensemble's show at Ozen Bar - on King George St. at 10:30 p.m..

The other day I was in Ramat Aviv G, kind of wandering around with Omer and Ezi, and saw a child's t shirt in a shop window with the flag of Israel. Now I've had problems with Israel's policies and have found myself taking it out on all the symbols of this country, but when I saw the flag in the window I knew I had to buy one. One - two - three -four. I can't believe I did it but yes I bought t shirts for 4 grandchildren for Independence Day. I would have bought t-shirts for the ones in the States too, but they wouldn't have reached them on time, so I figured I'd see how these washed first.

What came over me? This burst of patriotism - despite all the reservations about politics, policy, politeness.

I know it has something to do with children.

May 7, 2011

I caught Tsipi Livni on our local Meet the Press show today - she hasn't been publically available lately, and it was good to see that her silence at least doesn't mean acceptance of the status quo as far as the government is concerned. It may make it possible to celebrate independence day.

Although we have no celebrations planned. One reason is of course that we never know how we're going to feel, but I have a feeling we're going to wind up having some kind of party.

May 9, 2011

But how does one a plan a party after such a sad day? So many soldiers killed, even this year!

I asked a grandson today what he wanted to be when he grew up - he said he'll be a musician. Why? I asked. So I won't have to go into combat, he answered. I'll just be the entertainment for the troops. And then, after a long silence, Why does my father still have to go back to the army all the time?

May 9, 2011

We hung a flag from the balcony, then realized it was the flawed one that had been distributed through the bank last year. The points of the star were wrong - the star should be pointed up, with the two points to either side. So we replaced it with another one. It was not a matter of choice for us - we felt impelled.

To Karen Alkalay-Gut Diary

To Karen Alkalay-Gut home