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Mike Stone was born in Columbus Ohio, USA, in 1947. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology. He served in both the US Army and the Israeli Defense Forces. Mike moved to Israel in 1978 and lives in Raanana.

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In The Valley of Elah
Michael Stone

not far from Gat

A young Philistine puts a smooth stone

In the pouch of his sling with one hand,

Pulls the leather thongs taut with his other hand,

And swings the stone over his head,

Releasing its lethal trajectory

At a squad of helmeted shielded soldiers

Patrolling the rocky hills.

It is always the same play –

Sometimes we are David and

Sometimes we are Goliath.