|Israeli soldiers coming back from the Lebanon war. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|IAF Roundel for the F-4E that attacked SAM batteries in 1982 Israel-Lebanon war (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
His Blood Soaked a Land Not His.
In the shadow of foreign groves, his body was chopped;
his image was lost amidst the smoke of an alien war.
Farewell, my son
In a struggle he wasn't born to fight, his beauty was destroyed;
his eyes were blinded by visions he wasn't meant to see.
Farewell, my brother
Over burning fields and darkening dunes, his spirit hovered;
his soul towards different worlds ascended.
Farewell, my friend
Not violent he was, not consumed by vengeance and hate.
He was just a boy.
His blood soaked a land not his.
–Hillel F. Damron
The poem was published in the literary supplement
of the Israeli newspaper On Guard,
during the Lebanon War of 1982.