not for buses or hostages
north winds or no names
demand shower heads in slum baths
drink not from the bottle
but from the glass
let warm food be hot
throw back the cat fish
take off your rubber
reject electronic tranquilizers
and lovers who just want to be friends
satisfied like vice-presidents
or dead tax payers
waiting for a refund.
—From "Don't Settle" (Magical Trains)
Magical Trains/Strange Fire is a collection of poems written by the author since he first started writing poetry at the age of eighteen. This is a selection of some of the poems that have survived the elements and the years. The poems are on a variety of topics but mostly they are about matters of the heart.
Gabriel Emanuel is a Canadian born writer and lawyer (Canada/Israel) and the author of two published stage plays "Children of Night", set in a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto, and "Einstein", a one man play about the famous physicist.