Amongst the 240 plus kidnapped citizens on October 7 is the eighty-five-year-old poet and composer, Amiram Cooper – taken hostage with his wife Nurit from their Kibbutz, Nir Oz. Nurit has since been released by her Hamas captors. Born in Haifa in 1938, Amiram was one of the founders of Kibbutz Nir Oz, arriving in 1957, and living peacefully, raising a family and building a community there until darkness descended on October 7. An economist by profession, Amiram has composed songs and poetry for over sixty years. He has often collaborated on the melodies with fellow kibbutz members or members from other kibbutzim. He has authored two compilations of poetry. His work is documented on the Hebrew website Shira Ovedet–“Working song.’’Find the Shira Ovedet page dedicated to Amiram Cooper here. Listen to a recording of the song here.