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Amichai, Yehuda    Poet's Biography
779 poems available by this author


1924       
First Line: I was born in 1924. If I were a violin my age
Last Line: If there are any winners


1924       
First Line: I was born in 1924. If I were a violin my age
Last Line: If there are any winners at all


1978 REUNION OF PALMACH VETERANS AT MA'AYAN HAROD       
First Line: Here at the foot of mount gilboa we met
Last Line: Where there is no remembrance


A DOG AFTER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: After you left me
Last Line: Bring me one of your stockings between its teeth
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION    Poem Text    
First Line: On summer nights I sleep naked
Last Line: On the day of the resurrection
Subject(s): Fathers; Jews; Judaism


A MAN IN HIS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A man in his life has no time to have
Last Line: To the place where there is time for everything
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Transience


A MEETING WITH MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My father came to me in one of the intermissions
Subject(s): Fathers


A PITY. WE WERE SUCH A GOOD INVENTION    Poem Text    
First Line: They amputated / your thighs off my hips
Last Line: We even flew
Subject(s): Body, Human


ADVICE       
First Line: Advice for good love: don't love %the far away
Last Line: New love %until nothing's left


ADVICE FOR GOOD LOVE       
First Line: Advice for good love: don't love a woman
Last Line: Nothing at all


AGAIN LOVE HAS ENDED       
First Line: Again love has ended , like successful citrus season
Last Line: Mixing and whipping the egg white with sugar for the child %clattering and clattering.


AGAIN, A LOVE IS FINISHED       
First Line: Again a love is finished, like a successful citrus season
Last Line: And whipping up yoke with sugar for the child, %clatter, clatter


AGED PARENTS       
First Line: The aged arents visited their aging son
Last Line: A lot of shame and grief


AIR HOSTESS       
First Line: The air hostess said put out all smoking materials
Last Line: She belongs to the conservative party %of those who have only one great love in their life.


AKHZIV       
First Line: Clouds came from the south, the nile
Last Line: And gray hair is gray hair


ALL THE GENERATIONS BEFORE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: All the generations that preceded me contributed me
Last Line: But gassed me straightaway. / it binds
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


ALL THE GENERATIONS BEFORE ME       
Last Line: They would have burned me right away %that compels


ALL THE GENERATIONS BEFORE ME       
First Line: All the generations that preceded me contributed me
Last Line: They'd burn me right away. %that commits one
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


ALL THESE MAKE A DANCE RHYTHM       
First Line: When a man grows older, his life becomes less dependent
Last Line: And god has taken it


ALL THESE MAKE A STRANGE DANCE RHYTHM       
First Line: As man gets older his life becomes less dependent
Last Line: And I knew that the hope of the dead is their past %and their past is no more, for god has taken it.


ALMOST A LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: If my parents and your parents
Last Line: What's your name? / hannale
Subject(s): Auschwitz, Poland; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)


ALMOST A LOVE POEM       
First Line: If my parents and yours
Last Line: What's your name? %hanaleh


ALMOST A LOVE POEM       
First Line: If my parents and your parents
Last Line: What's your name? %channa'le


ALMOST A LOVE POEM       
First Line: If my parents and your parents
Last Line: What's your name? Hannale
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


AMONG THE STARS YOU MAY BE RIGHT       
Last Line: You may be right, but not here


AND AFTER ALL THAT -- THE RAIN       
Last Line: To the one who receives us and doesn't remember %the spring earth


AND AS FAR AS ABU GHOSH       
First Line: And as far as abu ghosh we were silent
Last Line: Whose end I will never reach


AND I RETURN       
First Line: And I return to jerusalem. I sit on my seat
Last Line: Among thee hills like shouts from the mouths of searchers


AND MY MOTHER FROM THE TIMES       
First Line: And my mother from the times when they painted
Last Line: I want feathers, feathers, feathers


AND THAT IS YOUR GLORY       
First Line: I've yoked together my large silence and my small outcry
Last Line: And that is your glory


AND THE MIGRATION OF MY PARENTS       
Last Line: My death and an end to the migration of my parents


AND THIS IS YOUR GLORY       
First Line: In my great silence and my small scream, I inspire
Last Line: And this is your glory


AND WE SHALL NOT GET EXCITED       
First Line: And we shall not get excited. Because a translator
Last Line: To other tellers. Silence as admission. We must not %get excited


ANNIVERSARIES OF LOVE       
First Line: Anniversary of love. A hymn from the forties
Last Line: And not the face of the one he loved


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: HULEIKAT -- THE THIRD POEM ABOUT DICKY    Poem Text    
First Line: In these hills, even the towers of oil wells
Last Line: Was once an open palm and fingers
Subject(s): Death; Middle East - Conflicts; Dead, The; Arab-israeli Conflict


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: HULEIKAT -- THE THIRD POEM ABOUT DICKY       
First Line: In these hills, even the towers of oil wells
Last Line: Was once an open palm and fingers
Subject(s): Death; Middle East - Conflicts


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: RUHAMA       
First Line: In this wadi, we camped in the days of the war
Last Line: No one may enter it
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: TEL GATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I brought my children to the mound
Last Line: And forgive me for the things I didn't do
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: TEL GATH       
First Line: I brought my children to the mound
Last Line: Fleeting like this springtime, eternal like it too
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: THE SHORE OF ASHKELON       
First Line: Here, at the shore of askhelon, we reached the end of memory
Last Line: To be alone in his death
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: WHAT DID I LEARN IN THE WARS    Poem Text    
First Line: What did I learn in the wars
Last Line: The white of clouds and the expanse of sky blue / and endless stars
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


ANNIVERSARIES OF WAR: WHAT DID I LEARN IN THE WARS       
First Line: What did I learn in the wars
Last Line: And the stars that have no end
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


ANNIVERSARY OF LOVE       
First Line: Anniversary of love. A hymn from the forties
Last Line: You once had. You will understand in years to come


ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER'S DEATH       
First Line: When the moon is full
Last Line: That calms me %father


APPENDIX TO THE VISION OF PEACE       
First Line: Don't stop after beating the swords
Last Line: Whoever wants to make war again %will have to turn them into ploughshares first.


ARAB SHEPHERD IS SEARCHING FOR HIS GOAT ON MOUNT ZION       
First Line: An arab shepherd is searching for his goat on mount zion
Last Line: Of a new religion in these mountains


ARAB SHEPHERD IS SEEKING A KID ON MOUNT ZION       
First Line: An arab shepherd is seeking a kid %on mount zion
Last Line: The beginning of a new religion in these mountains.


ARAB SHEPHERD SEEKS A KID ON MOUNT ZION       
First Line: An arab shepherd seeks a kid goat on mount zion
Last Line: The beginning of a new religon in these mountains


AS AT FUNERALS       
First Line: After everything I do, they march
Last Line: So he said and cried, and went his way, %as at funerals


AS FOR THE WORLD       
Last Line: To some other place


AS FOR THE WORLD       
Last Line: Some other place


AS IT WAS       
Last Line: Of insomnia and eternity


ASHKELON       
First Line: A sticky music flows slowly
Last Line: But the soul no longer lives inside


AT NIGHT       
First Line: At night, as in a tomb, a pyramid
Last Line: A merry archaeologist - he has the light


AT RIGHT ANGLES       


AT THE BEACH       
First Line: Footprints that met in the sand were erased
Last Line: We have a common language


AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM       
First Line: I saw clay jars covered with barnacles
Last Line: And half a returning


AT THE MONASTERY OF LATROUN       
First Line: At the monastery of latroun, waiting for the wine
Last Line: Come on, now: poof, poof


AT THE SEASHORE       
First Line: The pain-people think that god is the god of joy
Last Line: All the conversations of the future, all the silences


AT THE SEASHORE       
First Line: Traces that met in the sand were erased
Last Line: We have a common language


AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS       
First Line: The quiet man showed me around campus
Last Line: To make them even more beautiful


ATTEMPT TO HOLD BACK HISTORY       
First Line: Next to the king david hotel, I saw ten respectable ladies
Last Line: Overripe fruit, into the police van. They screeched %like excited pigeons, then cooed and cooed.


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN THE YEAR 1952       
First Line: My father built a great worry around me like a dock
Last Line: To my room where the woman's body is heavy %and full of time


AUTOBIOGRAPHY, 1952       
First Line: My father built over me a worry big as a shipyard
Last Line: And filled with time


AUTUMN IS NEAR AND MEMORY OF MY PARENTS       
First Line: Autumn is near. The last fruit ripens
Last Line: And how they were


AUTUMN IS NEAR AND THE MEMORY OF MY PARENTS       
First Line: Soon it will be autumn. The last fruits ripen
Last Line: And that is how I remember %their words


AUTUMN RAIN IN TEL AVIV       
First Line: A proud, very beautiful woman sold me
Last Line: Against the direction of time


BALLAD IN THE STREETS OF BUENOS AIRES       
First Line: And a man waits in the street and meets a woman
Last Line: And he has decided on tenderness


BALLAD IN THE STREETS OF BUENOS AIRES       
First Line: And a man is waiting in the streets and meets a woman
Last Line: And he chose softness


BALLAD OF THE WASHED HAIR       
First Line: The stones on the mountain are always awake and white
Last Line: The thick telephone book of world history closes


BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FAMILIES IN JERUSALEM       
First Line: Beautiful are the families in jerusalem:
Last Line: Fuse girl, %timing device lads, %always sensative, so sensative.


BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FAMILIES OF JERUSALEM       
Last Line: And all the time sensitive, sensitive, sensitive


BEDOUIN GOES NORTH       
First Line: The second year of drought, and no love
Last Line: As the lamb's wool I left there


BEDOUIN IN LOVE       
First Line: No house accepted us
Last Line: His son dreams of saying kaddish


BEFORE       
First Line: Before the gate has been closed
Last Line: Before we have nowhere to stand


BEGINNING OF AUTUMN IN THE HILLS OF EPHRAIM       
First Line: At the side of the road that is being paved
Last Line: Like good wine in the throat


BEIT GUVRIN       
First Line: People scratched their names
Last Line: To the dark in me and to the light. Words forever


BIBLICAL MEDITATIONS       
First Line: When jacob rolled the stone off the well
Subject(s): Bible


BIBLICAL MEDITATIONS       
First Line: When jacob rolled the stone off the well
Last Line: From his mouth, too soon
Subject(s): Bible


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Developing %forty-five years developing
Last Line: Around me and on trembling bridges over me


BODY IS THE CAUSE OF LOVE       
Last Line: Of generations of luck


BODY IS THE CAUSE OF LOVE       
Last Line: All the generations of luck


BOTH TOGETHER AND EACH APART       
First Line: My girl, another summer's gone dark
Last Line: Both together. And each apart


BOX       
First Line: Once my salary wasn't transferred from the place where I work to my bank
Last Line: Innermost heart, and I came up from the cellar and went out into the street


BRIDE WITHOUT A DOWRY       
First Line: A bride without a dowry, with a deep navel
Last Line: What a roman arena streaming with blood


BULL RETURNS       
First Line: The bull returns from his day of work in the ring
Last Line: Dry and gray, as though from a split mattress
Subject(s): Animals


BUT, WE       
First Line: Far away, the war started. But we
Last Line: Remained there, the word 'we' moved somewhere else


CAFFE DANTE IN NEW YORK -- 1       
First Line: Four waitresses (one a lovely eagle)
Last Line: From one place to another place


CAFFE DANTE IN NEW YORK -- 2       
First Line: Four waitresses talking in the tongue
Last Line: And gleaming lies for a fast screw


CAFFE DANTE IN NEW YORK -- 3       
First Line: In front of the big window, they're digging a pit in the street
Last Line: The world has changed


CHANGES, MISTAKES, LOVES       
First Line: In the summer, in a big park among the trees, I saw
Last Line: Perhaps death, perhaps life


CHILD IS SICK       
First Line: The child is sick. The rain that brought blessing to
Last Line: But I'll still make it, %if only I have the time.


CHILD IS SOMETHING ELSE       
First Line: A child is something else . He wakes up
Last Line: A child saves from death. %child, garden, rain and fate.


CHILD IS SOMETHING ELSE AGAIN       
First Line: A child is something else again. Wakes up
Last Line: Child, garden, rain, fate


CHILDREN'S PROCESSION       
First Line: Upon the banners fluttering overhead
Last Line: Like shirts on a clothesline; they arrived that way


CITY IN WHICH I WAS BORN WAS DESTROYED BY CANNON       
Subject(s): Troy


CLOSED ARE THE DOORS       
First Line: Closed are the doors that were to be
Last Line: That needs to alarm no more, but just %clicks.


CLOSING THE JAFFA PORT       
First Line: They closed the jaffa port
Last Line: Close the doors of the sea


COME WITH ME ON MY LAST ROAD       
First Line: Come with me on my last road
Last Line: To do that which is straight. Straight is short. %so come with me.


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 1       
First Line: Above the hotel gate, I saw a sign:
Last Line: They start loving, their eyes aflame with joy


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 10       
First Line: The body wants to lock up the soul as if in a safe
Last Line: The key is in god's hands. Or simply lost


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 11       
First Line: An afternoon session: 'god and the soul'
Last Line: It would like a different soul?


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 12       
First Line: God in his mercy and thrift may decide to grant
Last Line: Or a locomotive that pulls all the cars of a train?


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 13       
First Line: Evening session: to lie on your belly in the dark
Last Line: To see stars more colorful, more lovely than those in the sky


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 14       
First Line: The translators, men and women, sit in their cells
Last Line: A wild honey under their public hair


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 2       
First Line: A conference on inflammations of the eye. Tears are always delegates
Last Line: That has no cure


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 3       
First Line: A conference on language: colloquial, baroquial, poetic, pathetic
Last Line: The malignant words, the benign speech


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 4       
First Line: Conferences and symposia, too numerous to count
Last Line: In their insulated bassinets on the maternity ward


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 5       
First Line: A lecture on the soul. Live testimony. An animated lecture
Last Line: And a god that doesn't fit you, and emotions, besides?


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 6       
First Line: The translators flee their burning cubicles
Last Line: And make their way to other, calmer conferences


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 7       
First Line: A conference open to the public. The soul is formed before the body
Last Line: An itch. Scratching reveals it, calms it down


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 8       
First Line: Morning session: the body is a heavy stone that has dropped
Last Line: To form the heavy soul at the bottom


CONFERENCES, CONFERENCES: MALIGNANT WORDS, BENIGN SPEECH: 9       
First Line: The body is the workplace of the soul
Last Line: The body is the laboratory for experiments, inventions, innovations


COURSE OF A LIFE       
First Line: Till eight days like any happy fly
Last Line: Like any happy fly


CREAKING DOOR       
First Line: The creaking door
Last Line: And be a table %and be a bed.


CZECH REFUGEE IN LONDON       
First Line: In a very short, black velvet skirt
Last Line: Every year I discover: I have no defense
Subject(s): London; Refugees


DANCERS AND THE DANCED       
First Line: The dancers and the danced have all gone now
Last Line: On the same flight, they thought-one way, one destination


DANGEROUS COUNTRY       
First Line: Dangerous country. Full of suspect objects
Last Line: Like papers in the wind


DEATH OF ASSIA G.       
First Line: Half an hour ago
Last Line: To understand my life, here in the bright light


DEGANYA       
First Line: Water from last night in the puddles
Last Line: Goes on resting in death


DEIR AYUB, A HEAP OF WATERMELONS AND THE REST OF MY LIFE       
Last Line: Which remains, even when the dream is forgotten


DEIR AYUB, A HEAP OF WATERMELONS AND THE REST OF MY LIFE       
Last Line: Which remains, even when the dream is forgotten


DENNIS IS LEAVING TO BURY HIS FATHER       
First Line: Dennis is leaving to bury his father
Last Line: Now he is living to bury his dead: %it's simple and clean, like in the bible.


DENNIS WAS VERY SICK       
First Line: Dennis was very sick
Last Line: He returns the burned matches %to the box


DIAMETER OF THE BOMB       
First Line: The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
Last Line: A circle with no end and no god


DO NOT ACCEPT       
First Line: Do not accept these rains that come too late
Last Line: Be abram. Sarah will be sarai


DOG AFTER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: After you walked out
Last Line: One sock between his teeth that once was yours.
Subject(s): Jealousy; Love - Loss Of; Revenge


DOG AFTER LOVE       
First Line: After you left me
Last Line: Bring me one of your stockings between its teeth
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DON'T PREPARE FOR TOMORROW       
First Line: Don't prepare for tomorrow. Turn your face to the narrow alley
Last Line: And is really yours %then bless


ECOLOGY OF JERUSALEM       
First Line: The air over jerusalem is saturated with prayers and dreams
Last Line: Lie in wait for their moment


ELECAMPANE, JASMINE, VINE, AND OLEANDER       
First Line: Elecampane has no hope, but it has a connection
Last Line: What will never be calmed
Subject(s): Plants


ELEGIES ON THE WAR DEAD       


ELEGY       
First Line: The wind won't come to draw smiles in the sand of dreams
Last Line: Or a pattern of small flowers, a memory of childhood, high-stalked and thin-legged


ELEGY ON AN ABANDONED VILLAGE       
First Line: The wine of august was spilled on the face of the girl, but
Last Line: And uncovered it; and stayed in the valleys, forever


ELEGY ON THE LOST CHILD       
First Line: I know how high the flooding waters came
Last Line: Not found. Each one went on his way


ELEGY ON THE LOST CHILD       
First Line: I can see by their mark how high the waters reached
Last Line: Anything, and we went on walking. Each to his own


ELIZABETH SWADOS       
First Line: You live in your permanent home
Last Line: That didn't mean to be a knife


END OF ELUL       
First Line: I'm tired of the summer. The smoke near the monastery of the silent nuns
Last Line: And rain, when we shall be ready and shall not be


END OF SUMMER IN THE JUDEAN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: End of summer in the judean mountains. The ground lies there
Last Line: With the sound of dry branches snapping in the dead forest


END OF SUMMER IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JUDEA       
First Line: End of summer in the mountains of judea. The land lies
Last Line: With the sound of dry branches breaking in the %dead forest.


END OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SEASON IN EYN GEDI       
First Line: The archaeologists went home
Last Line: Though she didn't scream


ETERNAL MYSTERY       
First Line: The eternal mystery of oars
Last Line: And other words like these


ETERNAL MYSTERY       
First Line: The eternal mystery of oars
Last Line: What was I doing a year ago today? %and other such words.


ETERNAL WINDOW       
First Line: In a garden I once heard
Last Line: Was in memory of another %lit window


ETERNAL WINDOW       
First Line: In a garden I once heard
Last Line: Which too was in remembrance %of another window lit.


EVE OF ROSH HASHANAH       
First Line: The eve of rosh hashanah. At the house that's being built
Last Line: And holding a severed hand and wiping his tears %with a potsherd


EVERY WOMAN IN LOVE       
First Line: Every woman in love is like our mother sarah
Last Line: Across from the front door.'


EVIDENCE       
First Line: An abandoned tractor stuck in the mud
Last Line: Make a great joyful light


EVIDENCE       
First Line: An abandoned tractor sinking in the mud
Last Line: Make a big light of joy


EYES       
First Line: My eldest son's eyes are like black figs
Last Line: God's in the eye business and the fruit business %I'm in the worry business.


EYN GEDI PRESERVE       
First Line: I have to pay an entrance fee
Last Line: And called the place: rooms


FALL IN CONNECTICUT       
First Line: Leaves fall from the trees
Last Line: And then to stone


FALSE INTERPRETATION       
First Line: As in a shoestore
Last Line: They interpreted your screams %falsely


FAMILY       
First Line: I saw an old man. In his youth
Last Line: And wherever I go, I shall go with him


FAREWELL       
First Line: Face of you, already face of dreaming
Last Line: And what was not the body's will not last


FAREWELL       
First Line: Fare thee well, it was your face, and now the face of memory
Last Line: And what was not of flesh, we won't remember


FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS       
First Line: Fields of sunflowers, ripe and withering
Last Line: The inside of man


FIRST RAIN       
First Line: The first rain reminds me
Last Line: Of ancient saints


FIRST RAIN ON A BURNED CAR       
First Line: The closeness of life to death
Last Line: And then no prayer at all


FIRST RAIN ON A BURNED CAR       
First Line: Life close to death
Last Line: And then without prayer


FLOCK OF SHEEP NEAR THE AIRPORT       
Last Line: Was the only sound in the world


FLOWERS IN A ROOM       
First Line: Flowers in a room are prettier than the seed's lust outside
Last Line: That knew no boundaries


FLOWERS IN A ROOM       
First Line: Flowers in a room are beautiful
Last Line: I also make square pictures %out of round love that was without limit.


FOR EVER AND EVER, SWEET DISTORTIONS       
First Line: Pictures of dead jews on the wall of a room in petah tikva
Last Line: Dada, gaga, yaya, for ever and ever, sweet distortions.


FOR MY BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Thirty-two times I went out into my life
Last Line: In the vast desert


FOR MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an old windmill
Last Line: In one of the wars
Subject(s): Mothers; War


FOR MY MOTHER       
First Line: Like an old windmill
Last Line: In one of the wars
Subject(s): Mothers


FORECAST       
First Line: It will be cloudy. There will be rain
Last Line: In the valleys. There will be fog. We shall scatter


FORGETTING SOMEONE       
First Line: Forgetting someone is like
Last Line: That makes you remember


FORGETTING SOMEONE       
First Line: Forgetting someone is like
Last Line: And that means also remembering -- %by the light


FOUR RESURRECTIONS IN THE VALLEY OF THE GHOSTS       
First Line: A woman who looks like my mother sees a man who looks like me
Last Line: And how will they arise to life and where


FREE       
First Line: She is free. Free from the body
Last Line: Of all the generations that will come after her


FROM ALL THE SPACES       
First Line: From all the spaces between times
Last Line: When we die


FROM IN A RIGHT ANGLE: A CYCLE OF QUATRAINS       
First Line: In the sands of prayer my father saw angels' traces
Last Line: Rose into the sky, and into my wide-open heart


FROM JERUSALEM TO THE SEA AND BACK       
First Line: I went from enclosed jerusalem toward the open sea
Last Line: Among these hills like shouts from the mouths of searchers


FROM MAN YOU CAME AND TO MAN YOU SHALL RETURN       
First Line: Death in war begins
Last Line: From man you came and to man you shall return


FROM SUMMER OR ITS END       
First Line: You washed the fruit
Last Line: And in the dreams of strangers whom we didn't know together


FROM THE BOOK OF ESTHER I FILTERED THE SEDIMENT       
Last Line: She's fine, she's fine


FROM WE LOVED HERE       
First Line: My father spent four years inside their war
Last Line: And night arriving, like an afterword


GAMES       
First Line: Yes! Toss the words on the table
Last Line: Closes like an envelope


GIFTS OF LOVE       
First Line: I gave them to you
Last Line: They're torn open, %torn, torn


GIFTS OF LOVE       
First Line: I adorned
Last Line: You tear them, tear them, tear them


GIRL CALLED SARAH       
First Line: Sarah is writing letters


GIRL GOES OUT IN THE MORNING LIKE A KNIGHT       
Last Line: Caught between two windows


GIRL WHO WORKED AT MY BANK HAS LEFT       
First Line: The girl who worked at my bank has left. Because of her
Last Line: She too and her journey without return.


GIVING OF THE TORAH       
First Line: When moses sat
Last Line: Do not do and do not listen


GLASS AND MEMORY       
First Line: Goodbye, grapes, until next summer
Last Line: Clumsy with pride and serious of soul, %die, each one alone, with no return.


GOD FULL OF MERCY       
First Line: God-full-of-mercy, the prayer for the dead
Last Line: Not just in him


GOD HAS MERCY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN       
First Line: God has mercy on kindergarteners
Last Line: Now and in other days


GOD HAS PITY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN    Poem Text    
Last Line: So that their happiness will protect us now / and in other days
Subject(s): God; Pity; Children; Love


GOD HAS PITY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN       
Last Line: So that their own happiness will protect us %now and on other days
Subject(s): Children


GOD HAS PITY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN       
Last Line: Now and in other days


GOD HAS PITY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN       
Last Line: So that their happiness may protect us %now and on other days


GOD TAKES PITY ON KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN       
Last Line: Now and in other days


GOD'S HAND IN THE WORLD       
Last Line: With moon chalk on the road. %god's hand in the world


GODS COME AND GO, PRAYERS REMAIN FOREVER       
First Line: I saw in the street on a summer evening
Last Line: Prayers remain forever


GOOD TIME       
First Line: A good time to meet a new
Last Line: A slight confusion in the changing of the guards %at the seam


GREAT CALM: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS       
First Line: People in the hall lighted so it hurts
Last Line: A greaat calm: questions and answers


GREAT FATIGUE       
First Line: Great fatigue like that of horses
Last Line: Like the handle of an old box


GREAT TRANQUILLITY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS       
First Line: The people in the painfully bright auditorium
Last Line: A great tranquility: questions and answers


GREAT TRANQUILLITY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS       
First Line: People in the painfully bright hall
Last Line: Emergency and I entered into %a great tranquillity: questions and answers.


GREATEST DESIRE       
First Line: Instead of singing hallelujah, a curtain
Last Line: A heavy pull, like chains


GREATEST DESIRE OF ALL       
First Line: Instead of singing hallelujah, a curtain waves in an open window
Last Line: To feel a heavy pull, like chains


GYMNASTICS TEACHER FROM PETAH TIKVA       
First Line: A gym teacher once lived in this deserted house
Last Line: Than all the smells of war, and sweeter than the fragrance %of orchards.


HADERA       
First Line: I never was in hadera' is like
Last Line: Had I stayed my life would e different


HALF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD       
Last Line: Of a girl's kerchief, beside the mound


HALF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD LOVE THE OTHER HALF       


HALF THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD       
Last Line: Of the girl, beside the ancient hill?


HALF-SIZED VIOLIN       
First Line: I sat in the playground where I played as a child
Last Line: All by myself


HAMADIYA       
First Line: Hamadiya, memory of pleasures. The forties
Last Line: You have to clear it away to start over again


HAYDN, OPUS 76, NUMBER 5       
First Line: You're not dead and I'm not dead
Last Line: Warm stove, bed somewhat warmer


HEART IS A CORRUPT STAGE DIRECTOR       
First Line: The last days of summer are
Last Line: Love with sleeping pills. What have we come to


HEAVENS ARE THE LORD'S HEAVENS       
First Line: The heavens are the lord's heavens
Last Line: He gave to man, but whose is the table %and whose is the hand on the table?


HERBAL TEA       
First Line: She poured herbal tea to soothe
Last Line: The internal one she left intact


HERE       
First Line: Here, underneath the kites that the children are flying
Last Line: Is my flesh and my reward


HERE       
First Line: Here, under the kites the children float
Last Line: Is my own prize and flesh


HERE WE LOVED       


HIRBET SAYID       
First Line: The flowering of the oak blurs
Last Line: As then in hirbet sayid


HISTORY       
First Line: A man all alone in an empty room
Last Line: Like three angels from long, long ago


HISTORY'S WINGS BEATING, THEY USED TO SAY       
First Line: Not far from the railroad tracks, near the painful post office
Last Line: And the wise heart that will forget


HOUR OF GRACE       
First Line: I once thought it could be resolved like this
Last Line: In games that never end


HOUR OF GRACE       
First Line: I used to think it could be solved this way
Last Line: In games that go on and on


HOUSE       
First Line: Paper flowers and real ones together
Last Line: As sleep is death's sister


HOW DID A FLAG BEGIN?       
First Line: How did a flag begin? Suppose there was something whole
Last Line: And it, too, is a flag
Subject(s): Flags - Israel


HOW DO YOU MANAGE A ROWDY CHILD       
First Line: How do you manage


HOW MUCH TIME       
First Line: I remember the rain
Last Line: For such spiderwebs to take shape %how much time


HULEIKAT--THE THIRD POEM ABOUT DICKY       
First Line: In these hills even the oil rigs
Last Line: Was once the palm of an open hand, and fingers
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


HUMAN BODIES       
First Line: Human bodies are different from each other
Last Line: Let my soul die with my body


HYMN TO A MASSEUSE       
First Line: You are the rose of sharon, the lily of the valleys
Last Line: Like god %without god


HYMN TO SUMMER       
First Line: These days, god leaves the earth
Last Line: And of the sadness of words to say


HYMN TO THE LOVELY COUPLE VARDA AND SCHIMMEL       
First Line: Jerusalem in the week of the marriage of
Last Line: Of the excited, collapsing world


I AM A LEAF THAT KNOWS ITS BOUNDARIES       
Last Line: As from a quarry %already abandoned


I AM A POOR PROPHET       
First Line: I am a poor prophet. Like a poor boy with only
Last Line: Household chores. These are my visions %I am a poor prophet


I AM BIG AND FAT       
Last Line: In the end, am forgotten


I AM SITTING HERE NOW WITH MY FATHER'S EYES       
Last Line: My life %pulses close to a huge heart, always within


I AT THE SEA       
First Line: I at the sea. Sailboats of many colors move
Last Line: I am more prophet than her


I CAME BACK ONCE MORE       
First Line: I came back once more to this place:
Last Line: Like these skies above the mountains %which no longer seem like the face of anyone.


I DON'T KNOW IF HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF       
First Line: I don't know if history repeats itself
Last Line: The history doesn't repeat itself, %as I always knew that you wouldn't.


I DREAMED       
First Line: I dreamed a dream: seven fat, fleshy girls
Last Line: And I knew I wouldn't dream any more dreams


I DREAMED A DREAM       
First Line: I dreamed a dream :in my dream seven maidens
Last Line: An in the years after her, war broke out %and I knew I would dream no more.


I FEEL GOOD IN MY TROUSERS       
First Line: If the romans hadn't glorified their victory
Last Line: But I feel good in my trousers, %I feel good.


I FEEL JUST FINE IN MY PANTS       
First Line: If the romans hadn't boasted about their victory
Last Line: I feel just fine


I GUARD THE CHILDREN       
First Line: I guard the children in the schoolyard
Last Line: Their heads up in the sky, foolish as flags


I GUARD THE CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL YARD       


I HAVE DEAD PEOPLE       
First Line: I have dead people, buried in the air
Last Line: Do I still love hard


I KNOW A MAN       
Last Line: Where will we be when these flowers turn into fruit you will understand


I KNOW A MAN       
Last Line: And not of the face of the one he loved


I LOST MY IDENTITY CARD       
First Line: I lost my identity card
Last Line: And you no longer turn around to see %who


I SAT IN THE HAPPINESS       
First Line: Your eyes withstood great cold
Last Line: Your eyes count and count


I SAW JASMINE BLOSSOMS       
First Line: In my garden I saw jasmine blossoms carried by the autumn wind
Last Line: From the control tower. Try again, try again


I SLEEP TONIGHT TO YOUR MEMORY       
First Line: I sleep tonight to your memory
Last Line: Has one moment of grace every day %and truth.


I THINK OF OBLIVION AS A RIPENING FRUIT       
Last Line: Blessed is the memory of my childhood. His childhood


I TOLD YOU IT WOULD BE SO -- AND YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE       
First Line: Near the train, we saw layers of rock in a row
Last Line: I told you it would be so -- and you didn't believe


I WALKED PAST A HOUSE WHERE I LIVED ONCE       
Last Line: Till the writing hand hurts


I WANT TO CONFUSE THE BIBLE       
First Line: An airplane passes over the fig tree
Last Line: I want so much %to confuse the bible


I WANT TO DIE IN MY OWN BED    Poem Text    
First Line: All night the army came up from gilgal
Last Line: I want to die in my own bed
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


I WANT TO DIE IN MY OWN BED       
First Line: All night the army came up from gilgal
Last Line: But I want to die in my own bed
Subject(s): World War Ii


I WAS THE MOON       
First Line: My child is so sad
Last Line: I was the moon


I WAS WAITING FOR MY GIRL AND HER STEPS WERE ABSENT       
Last Line: And the beads of the horrible danger %around her neck


I WASN€™T ONE OF THE SIX MILLION: AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN    Poem Text    
Last Line: I believe with perfect faith that at this very moment
Subject(s): Aging; Jews; Judaism


I WILL HAVE TO BEGIN       
First Line: I will have to begin to remember you
Last Line: My blood inside. You won't see a thing outside


I'M IN GREAT TROUBLE       
First Line: Carrots grow happily into the earth
Last Line: God, I'm in great trouble


I'VE ALREADY BEEN WEANED       
First Line: I've already been weaned from the curse of adam, the first man
Last Line: I'm a man of shelter: the third man


I'VE GROWN VERY HAIRY       
First Line: I've grown very hairy all over my body
Last Line: Like a full cemetery


I, MAY I REST IN PEACE       
First Line: I, may I rest in peace-I, who am still living, say
Last Line: Rest me in peace


IBN GABIROL       
First Line: Sometimes pus %sometimes a poem
Last Line: I am the door %to his apartment


IBN GABIROL       
First Line: Sometimes pus %sometimes poetry
Last Line: I am the door %in his abode


IF I FORGET THEE, JERUSALEM    Poem Text    
Last Line: To the most terrible of voices / or silence
Subject(s): Jerusalem


IF I FORGET THEE, JERUSALEM       
Last Line: To the most terrible of voices - %or silence
Subject(s): Jerusalem


IF MY BELLY ACHES       
Last Line: The recoil is very strong, all the way back to childhood, and it hurts


IF NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF MY LIFE       
Last Line: Who know their prophecies come true


IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY       
First Line: In a foreign country you must love
Last Line: I never saw animals laughing


IN A LEAP YEAR       
First Line: In a leap year the date of your death gets closer
Last Line: Is not required to say a single word more


IN MY CHILDHOOD       
Last Line: And watered my thirsty sleep


IN MY WORST DREAMS       
Last Line: When I lay next to you loving: my true face


IN SUMMER BY THE SEA       
First Line: In summer by the sea
Last Line: And at night, huge neon letters %spell men women.


IN THE FULL SEVERITY OF MERCY       
First Line: Count them
Last Line: And in the full severity of mercy


IN THE GARDEN, AT THE WHITE TABLE       
Last Line: When it's cleared off the table


IN THE HISTORY OF OUR LOVE       
Last Line: In nights of love with others


IN THE JERUSALEM MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Here, where a ruin wants to be
Last Line: Like wells and pits and underground springs


IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER SUDDENLY A SMELL OF RAIN       
First Line: In the middle of summer suddenly the smell of rain:
Last Line: Instead of a ticket, %and he's let through.


IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CENTURY       
First Line: In the middle of this century we turned to each other
Last Line: But with my finger I wrote in it the letters of your name


IN THE MIGRATION OF PEOPLES       
First Line: And though we lived in the same corridor
Last Line: With oil and milk, wine and mead


IN THE MORNING IT WAS STILL NIGHT       
First Line: In the morning it was still night and the lights were on
Last Line: The heavy sediment stays in us forever


IN THE MORNING IT WAS STILL NIGHT       
First Line: In the morning it was still night and lights were burning
Last Line: Time will be light as froth, %the heavy sediment will stay in us.


IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JERUSALEM       
First Line: Here where a ruin wants
Last Line: Are just reservoirs scattered around %like wells and cisterns and fountains.


IN THE OLD CITY       
First Line: We are holiday weepers, engraving our names on every stone
Last Line: Two white auras surround their dark bodies


IN THE OLD CITY       
First Line: Holiday mourners, we are name-engravers on stones
Last Line: Two white halos around dark bodies


IN THE OLD CITY       
First Line: On the wide stairs that descend to the western wall
Last Line: My soul is rent and torn, like yours, but it is also beautiful %like lace


IN THE OLD CITY       
First Line: We are weepers at feasts, carvers of names on every stone
Last Line: To look at them: %two white halos around the dark bodies.


IN THE ROOM       
First Line: I drink the juice of fruit
Last Line: Silence, cancer of silence


IN THOSE DAYS, IN THIS TIME       
First Line: Those days separate slowly
Last Line: The nature of the heart


IN-BETWEEN       
First Line: Where will we be when these flowers turn into fruit
Last Line: You will understand in years to come


INDIAN SUMMER IN PRINCETON       
First Line: Indian summer is jewish summer
Last Line: Therefore, it is black now, like a picture %overexposed


INSIDE THE APPLE       
First Line: You visit me inside the apple
Last Line: Until the knife finishes its work


INSTEAD OF A LOVE POEM       
First Line: As from thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk
Last Line: As you were then


INSTEAD OF A LOVE POEM       
First Line: From thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk,
Last Line: But I've not forgotten you %as you were then.


INSTEAD OF WORDS       
First Line: My love has a very long white gown
Last Line: Are the instruments of a hard love


INSTEAD OF WORDS       
First Line: My love has a long white dress
Last Line: The tools of a hard love


INSTRUCTIONS FOR HER VOYAGE       
First Line: Bend your head outside the window
Last Line: Before the old. Sit on your return. Talk %love me


INTO AN EXCAVATION       
First Line: Into an abandoned excavation
Last Line: There will be many tears smeared on life %like on a good towel.


IRON GATE MELTS INTO EVENING       
First Line: An iron gate melts into evening.
Last Line: The face there is once more the abyss.


IT WAS SUMMER, OR THE END OF SUMMER       
Last Line: Because it was embroidered with flowers
Subject(s): Love


ITZHAK'S LAST KIT BAG       
First Line: Toward the end of the war, I brought from the negev to the wine cellar
Last Line: The fermentation began that will never cease


JACOB AND THE ANGEL       
First Line: Just before dawn she sighed and held him
Last Line: And he knew her name; and let her go


JASMINE       
First Line: The jasmine came upon us, as always, from behind
Last Line: Even the interpretations of the dream


JERSALEM IS FULL OF USED JEWS       
First Line: Jerusalem is full of jews used up in history
Last Line: And the eye looks to zion and cries


JERUSALEM       
First Line: On a roof in the old city
Last Line: To make them think that we're happy


JERUSALEM       
First Line: On a roof in the old city
Last Line: To make them think that we're happy


JERUSALEM 1967       
First Line: This year I traveled far away
Last Line: Like quiet petals %my god! %my rod!


JERUSALEM 1985       
First Line: Pleas stuck in the cracks of the wailing wall
Last Line: Hope you'll understand


JERUSALEM ECOLOGY       
First Line: The air above jerusalem is filled with prayers and dreams
Last Line: Waiting for their time


JERUSALEM ECOLOGY       
First Line: The air above jerusalem is saturated with prayers and dreams
Last Line: Like evil brides who have been rejected, %lying in wait for their moment.


JERUSALEM IS FULL OF USED JEWS       
First Line: Jerusalem is full of used jews, worn out by history
Last Line: And the eye yearns toward zion, and weeps


JERUSALEM IS FULL OF USED JEWS       
First Line: Jerusalem is full of jews used by history
Last Line: And the eye turns to zion and weeps.


JERUSALEM'S SUICIDE ATTEMPTS       
First Line: The tears here do not soften
Last Line: But she'll try again and again


JERUSALEM, 1967       
First Line: This year I traveled a long way
Last Line: My stamen. %amen


JERUSALEM, 1985       
First Line: Scribbled wishes stuck between the stones
Last Line: I hope you'll understand


JEWISH TIME BOMB       
First Line: On my desk is a stone with 'amen' engraved on it, one shard
Last Line: Amen, amen, and may it be his will


JEWS       
First Line: The jews are like photos in a display window
Last Line: But we sing. We still sing


JEWS IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL       
First Line: We forget where we came from. Our jewish
Last Line: But it's the closest thing to roots we have


JEWS IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL       
First Line: We keep forgetting where we came from. Our jewish names
Last Line: Human beings have


KIBBUTZ GEVARAM       
First Line: In these low hills, lives that were meant to be endure
Last Line: Austalia, australia


KIBBUTZ GVAR-'AM       
First Line: On these low hills, a life meant to go on a long time
Last Line: Voice: australia, australia


KILLING HIM: A RADIO PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Poet: again like a rebellious nation my heart
Last Line: Will survive the test of time
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


LAMENT       
First Line: The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
Last Line: Makes the circle endless %and godless


LAND KNOWS       
First Line: The land knows where the clouds come from and whence the hot wind
Last Line: Which won't end until messiah comes


LANGUAGE SCHOOL       
First Line: I passed by an imposing house with a sign saying
Last Line: And called out: my lord, from-the-depths


LAST WORD IS CAPTAIN       
First Line: My head didn't grow anymore
Last Line: The last word is captain


LAST WORD IS THE CAPTAIN       
First Line: Because my head hasn't grown
Last Line: The last word is the captain


LATE MARRIAGE       
First Line: I sit in a waiting room with bridegrooms
Last Line: And the cities of yehuda


LATE MARRIAGE       
First Line: I sit in the waiting room with bridegrooms many years
Last Line: And in the mountains of yehuda


LAUNDRY CELLAR       
First Line: The laundry cellar in the big house. I love to
Last Line: To return to this world


LET THE COIN DECIDE       
Last Line: And do not ask for his name


LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: To sit on the veranda of a hotel in jerusalem
Last Line: What does he remember?
Subject(s): Time; Love


LETTER       
First Line: To sit on a hotel balcony in jerusalem
Last Line: What do you remember


LETTER       
First Line: To sit on the veranda of a hotel in jerusalem
Last Line: What does he remember?
Subject(s): Time


LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION       
First Line: On summer nights I sleep naked
Last Line: On the day of the resurrection


LIFE       
First Line: Like high mountain climbers who set up a base in the valley
Last Line: Never return, but to get to the peak with no weight, light, light


LIKE A SHIP'S CAPTAIN       
First Line: Like a ship's captain who, after the dinner party
Last Line: And a faint bluish light shines above the door.


LIKE OUR BODIES' IMPRINT       
Last Line: None will help me


LIKE THE INNER WALL OF A HOUSE       
Last Line: Never-again-to-be-inside


LIKE THE STREAMS IN THE NEGEV       
First Line: I sit in a cafe in the afternoon hours
Last Line: Like the streams in the negev, like the streams in the negev


LITTLE RUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I remember you, little ruth
Last Line: The conveyor belt stands still. And they stood still. Amen
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


LITTLE RUTH       
First Line: Sometimes I remember you, little ruth
Last Line: The conveyor belt stands still. And they stood still. Amen
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


LOOK, THOUGHTS, AND DREAMS       
First Line: Look, thoughts, and dreams weave above us
Last Line: And ending as a root, in the darkness, in the womb


LOOK: THOUGHTS AND DREAMS       
First Line: Look: thoughts and dreams are weaving over us
Last Line: And to end as a root, in the darkness, in the deep womb


LOST OBJECTS       
First Line: From announcements in the paper and on bulletin boards
Last Line: On the table


LOTS OF GRAPES       
First Line: Lots of grapes this year
Last Line: Like wasps carrying their own death inside


LOVE IS FINISHED AGAIN       
First Line: Love is finished again, like a profitable citrus season
Last Line: Clattering and clattering


LOVE OF JERUSALEM       
First Line: There is a street where they sell only red meat
Last Line: By a manual of sex positions


LOVE OF THE LAND       
First Line: And the land is divided into districts of memory and provinces of hope
Last Line: His whole life in the moment of dying


LOVE POEM       
First Line: People use each other
Last Line: They grab one another and will not let go


LOVE SONG       
First Line: This is how it started: suddenly it felt
Last Line: Into my dark belly


LOVERS LEAVE FINGERPRINTS       
First Line: Lovers leave fingerprints on each other
Last Line: Just so they can say: he's the one! She's the one!


LULLABY 1957       
First Line: Let's fall asleep. Far from people's
Last Line: Always awake, and we shall not worry


LUXURY       
First Line: My uncle is buried at sheikh badr, my other uncle
Last Line: To maintain such an expensive railway system. It's a luxury


LUXURY       
First Line: My uncle is buried in sheikh badr, my other uncle
Last Line: I cannot afford to maintain. Luxury


LYING IN WAIT FOR HAPPINESS       
First Line: On the broad steps leading down to the western wall
Last Line: But it is beautiful because of that %like fine lace.


MAN IN HIS LIFE       
First Line: A man doesn't have time in his life
Last Line: Where there's time for everything


MAN IN HIS LIFE       
First Line: A man in his life has no time to have
Last Line: To the place where there is time for everything
Subject(s): Time


MAN LIKE THAT ON A BALD MOUNTAIN IN JERUSALEM       
Last Line: From all that love poured out over me


MAN WITH KNAPSACK       
First Line: Man with knapsack in the marketplace, brother
Last Line: Page into the fragrance of remembering and forgetting


MAN'S SOUL       
First Line: A man's soul is like
Last Line: Of trains that will never run again


MARK THEM WITH SIGNS       
First Line: Mark them with signs. Remember the clothes
Last Line: Lament. Mark, mark them with signs


MAYOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It's sad to be
Last Line: Who have become the slaves cof man
Subject(s): Mayors; Jerusalem


MAYOR       
First Line: It's sad to be
Last Line: Who have become the slaves of men
Subject(s): Mayors


MAYOR       
First Line: It is sad to be
Last Line: Who became slaves to human beings
Subject(s): Mayors


MEETING AT THE VETERANS OF THE PALMACH IN 1978 IN MAAYAN HAROD       
First Line: Here at the foot of mount gilboa we assembled
Last Line: To pastures %where there is no memory.


MEETING WITH MY FATHER       
First Line: My father came to me in one of the intermissions
Last Line: And I played chess with my father, checkmate '48


MEMORIAL DAY FOR THE WAR DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Memorial day for the war dead. Add now
Last Line: Behind all this some great happiness is hiding
Subject(s): Grief; Memorial Day; Sorrow; Sadness; Declaration Day


MEMORY IN ABU TOR       
First Line: There on the border stood an old hut
Last Line: Will do the same to soldiers %afterwards, in war.


MEMORY OF LOVE -- IMAGE       
First Line: I cannot imagine
Last Line: Pains come later


MEMORY OF LOVE -- OPENING THE WILL       
First Line: I'm still inside the room. Two days from now
Last Line: The will %years after a death


MEMORY OF LOVE -- TERMS AND CONDITIONS       
First Line: We were like children who didn't want to
Last Line: For the rest of our lives


MISSION       
First Line: Tell them it's not just me
Last Line: Come back to me


MODERN GIRL       
First Line: I saw a modern girl and understood
Last Line: No one will touch them


MUSEUM AT AKHZIV       
First Line: A big anchor stuck in the yard. It will wait for eternity
Last Line: At night. The opposite of flowers


MUTUAL LULLABY       
First Line: For a while I've been meaning to tell you to sleep
Last Line: Than a computer. So they'll let us be


MY CHILD SMELLS OF PEACE       
Last Line: What god cannot %promise us


MY CHILD WAFTS PEACE       
Last Line: What god cannot %promise us


MY CHILDREN       
First Line: I don't know if I shall have a share in the world-to-come
Last Line: And everyone does what is right in his own eyes


MY CHILDREN GREW       
First Line: My children grew and flourished around tears and laughter
Last Line: The world into a room and god into a little soul %inside the infinite body


MY FATHER IN A WHITE SPACE SUIT       
First Line: My father, in a white space suit
Last Line: Of his endless white death


MY FATHER ON PASSOVER EVE       
First Line: Last evening I gave you the parable
Last Line: And we shall not be %in vain


MY FATHER TOOK PART IN THEIR WAR FOR FOUR YEARS       


MY FATHER'S DEATH       
First Line: My father, suddenly, left all the places
Last Line: God will keep him there forever


MY FIRST DAYS IN NEW YORK       
Last Line: Of someone whose god has died


MY FRIEND THE PHILOSOPHER AND HANUKAH       
First Line: My friend uses a blackboard and chalk and rustling
Last Line: They put damp cotton on burning hearts


MY MOTHER BAKED THE WHOLE WORLD FOR ME       
Last Line: All the rare birds with beautiful plumage %flee from me


MY MOTHER COMES FROM THE DAYS       
First Line: My mother comes from the days when they made
Last Line: I want feathers, feathers, feathers


MY MOTHER DIED ON SHAVUOT    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother died on shavuot when they finished counting the omer
Last Line: Her oldest brother died in 1916; he fell in the war
Subject(s): Death – Mothers


MY MOTHER DIED ON SHAVUOT       
First Line: My mother died in shavuot, at the end of
Last Line: The remembrance and the forgetting
Subject(s): Mothers


MY MOTHER DIED ON SHAVUOT       
First Line: My mother died on shavuot when they finished counting the omer
Last Line: Forget-me-not, forget
Subject(s): Mothers


MY MOTHER ON HER SICKBED       
First Line: My mother on her sickbed with the lightness and hollowness of a person
Last Line: Hand that felt my forehead, in childhood


MY MOTHER ONCE TOLD ME    Poem Text    
Last Line: But my clutching hands remained / clutching
Subject(s): Mothers


MY MOTHER ONCE TOLD ME       
Last Line: But my hands, clinging, %remain %clinging
Subject(s): Flowers; Mothers; Sleep


MY MOTHER'S DEATH AND THE LOST BATTLES FOR THE FUTURE       
First Line: My mother white on her bed in the world
Last Line: The lost battles for the future of her children


MY SLEEP       
First Line: My heartbeat always beats me again
Last Line: Where am I running


MY SON       
First Line: Because of love and because of making love
Last Line: Is the outing from which %they never return


MY SON WAS DRAFTED       
First Line: My son was drafted. We brought him
Last Line: Happily dashing around with no enemies, no camouflage


MY SON, IN WHOSE FACE THERE IS ALREADY A SIGN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Soft – skinned jacob for my blind / hands
Subject(s): Sons


MY SON, IN WHOSE FACE THERE IS ALREADY A SIGN       
Last Line: And all the generations %squeeze a bar mitzvah for you
Subject(s): Children; Labor And Laborers


MY SON, MY SON, MY HEAD MY HEAD       
Last Line: It means we can never %really love


NAME OF THE PLACE TRIESTE       
First Line: I sat in a cafe in san francisco
Last Line: Is now three sighs inside me


NARROW VALLEY       
First Line: Young people picnic in the narrow valley
Last Line: And the view will be smooth as oblivion.


NATIONAL THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman, caught in a homeland-trap of the chosen people: you
Last Line: And to sleep inside it, forever
Subject(s): Jews; Israel; Hebrew Language; Judaism


NATIONAL THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: You: trapped in the homeland of the chosen people
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


NATIONAL THOUGHTS       
First Line: A woman, caught in a homeland-trap of the chosen people: you
Last Line: And thin-legged
Subject(s): Jews


NATIONAL THOUGHTS       
First Line: A woman, caught in a homeland-trap of the chosen people: you
Last Line: And to sleep inside it, forever
Subject(s): Jews


NATIONAL THOUGHTS       
First Line: Caught in the homeland-trap of a chosen people
Last Line: And sleep in it forever
Subject(s): Jews


NEAR THE WALL OF A HOUSE       
First Line: Near the wall of a house painted
Last Line: After it, the whole length of the corridor %that has no end


NEW YORK UNIVERSITY       
First Line: On the wide sidewalk opposite the university gate


NEXT MILLENNIUM       
First Line: The flight attendants of the next millennium came to me and said
Last Line: Like a lion of stone, and in the year 2024 %we'll celebrate your hundredth birthday


NORTH OF BEER SHEBA       
First Line: The land is plowed up. Inside is outside
Last Line: The territory between them is mine


NORTH OF BEERSHEBA       
First Line: The soil is ploughed up. Inside
Last Line: The terrain between them is mine


NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Here the soft hills touch the ocean
Last Line: To the rhythm of the surf


NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Here soft hills touch the sea
Last Line: In the rhythm of the breakers


NOT FAR FROM DEATH       
First Line: In latrun, not far from the death on the hill
Last Line: I greeted him when I passed by


NOT LIKE A CYPRESS       
Last Line: Rises dust in a myriad of grains


NOT LIKE A CYPRESS       
Last Line: Dust rises in many myriads of grains


NOT LIKE A CYPRESS       
Last Line: Dust rises in many myriads of grains


NOW IN THE DIN       
First Line: Now in the din before the silence
Last Line: Will drown in soft sand forever and ever


NOW IN THE STORM       
First Line: Now in the storm before the calm
Last Line: Will sink in the soft sand, forever


NOW SHE BREATHES       
First Line: Now she breathes quietly, I said. No, now
Last Line: To eretz-israel. The death certificate %needs no picture


NOW SHE DESCENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now she descends into the earth
Last Line: Into real heavens
Subject(s): Death – Mothers


NOW SHE DESCENDS       
First Line: Now she descends into the earth
Last Line: Turns the earth %into real heavens
Subject(s): Mothers


NOW SHE'S BREATHING       
First Line: Now she's breathing quietly, I said. No, she's
Last Line: Doesn't need a photo


NOW THAT THE WATER PRESSES HARD       
Last Line: To sing the little song of spring


NOW THE LIFEGUARDS HAVE ALL GONE HOME       
First Line: Now the lifeguards have all gone home. The bay
Last Line: Like the rays of a sun resurrected for the night


NOW TO BREAK       
Last Line: Without you %live %not


NYU       
First Line: On the broad sidewalk across from the university gate
Last Line: Every single day, like the healing waters of a spa


OF A VANISHED KINGDOM       
First Line: Put your face to the wind
Last Line: If we don't remain together, we won't remain at all %let alone live


OF THREE OR FOUR IN A ROOM       
Last Line: Address and no one to receive them
Subject(s): Human Rights; Windows


OF THREE OR FOUR IN A ROOM       
Last Line: And remain sealed, like letters which have no %address and no one to receive them


OH, IVY GROWING       
First Line: Oh, ivy growing on the wall of the room
Last Line: For others' breakfast


OLD BUS STOP       
First Line: I passed an old bus stop where I stood
Last Line: Call him 'time.'


OLEANDER       
First Line: A government that died long ago once decided
Last Line: In the belly. Here. Soft. Touch it. Touch it


ON MOUNT MUHRAKA       
First Line: Here where the laurel grows
Last Line: Was impossible %you see: we died


ON SOME OTHER PLANET YOU MAY BE RIGHT       
Last Line: You may be right, but not here


ON THE DAY I LEFT       
First Line: On the day I left, spring broke out
Last Line: To some other place


ON THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN NO ONE DIED       
First Line: On the day my daughter was born not a single person
Last Line: You're a man of dreams, have made an exact little girl with %all the exact instruments for her life


ON THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN NO ONE DIED       
First Line: On the day my daughter was born no one died
Last Line: You made a precise little girl with all the precise instruments for her life.


ON THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN NOT A SINGLE PERSON DIED       
Last Line: Though you are a dreamer, you made an exact girl with all the exact instruments for her life


ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IN 1967       


ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IN THE YEAR 5728, I PUT ON:       
Last Line: And will all those who prayed, I went home


ON THE WIDE STAIRS -- LURKING FOR HAPPINESS       
First Line: On the wide stairs going down to the western wall
Last Line: Yet it became more beautiful %like fine lace


ONCE MORE       
First Line: Once more be my earthly kingdom


OPEN CLOSETS ARE SAD       
Last Line: In a language far from all speech


OPEN INTERNALIZED       
First Line: Open window. On the television screen colors
Last Line: Prepares to take off


OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR       
First Line: Here, in the emormous gym
Last Line: The cries of the firstborn who were slain in %egypt


ORCHARD       
First Line: Here they stand, a living tree next to a dead one
Last Line: And came back looking like me


OUR FATHER JACOB    Poem Text    
First Line: Our father jacob on the beaten track
Last Line: For all that we know, he is still climbing there
Subject(s): Jacob (bible); Religion; Theology


OUR FATHER JACOB       
First Line: Our father jacob on the beaten track
Last Line: For all that we know he's still climbing there
Subject(s): Jacob (bible); Religion


OUT OF THREE OR FOUR IN A ROOM       


OUT OF THREE OR FOUR IN A ROOM       


OUT OF THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE IN A ROOM       
Last Line: Address and no receiver


OUTING WITH A WOMAN       
First Line: When after hours of walking
Last Line: Where women are like this


PACE LIKE THAT       
First Line: I'm looking at the lemon tree I planted
Last Line: But he's all alone down there in his depths


PAINFUL LOVE SONG       
First Line: While we were together
Last Line: Each one at his place
Subject(s): Love


PARENTS LEFT THE CHILD       
First Line: The parents left the child with his grandparents
Last Line: That's the way cooking works


PARENTS LEFT THE CHILD       
First Line: The father and mother left the child with his grandparents
Last Line: Will he get soft or harder and harder %like an egg? %that's the thing about cooking.


PATH       
First Line: Joe simpson was a man I scarcely knew
Last Line: A path that might lead nowhere, as he knew


PAUL CELAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Paul celan. Towards the end, the words grew
Last Line: To take a breather and wipe his brow
Subject(s): Death; Celan, Paul (1920-1970); Dead, The


PAUL CELAN       
First Line: Paul celan. Towards the end, the words grew
Last Line: The final concentration, the frothy concentrate %of the heaviness of your life
Subject(s): Death


PEACE OF MIND, PEACE OF MIND       
First Line: Peace of mind, my parents said, a person must
Last Line: Just that, and not the kingdom of heaven


PEOPLE IN THE DARK ALWAYS SEE       
Last Line: The stamp's glue on my tongue


PEOPLE IN THE DARK ALWAYS SEE       
First Line: People in the dark always see those
Last Line: I only remember the taste %of the stamp's bitter glue on my tongue.


PEOPLE WITH NO FUTURE LOVE       
Last Line: And the great heartbeat of trains in empty halls


PINECONES ON THE TREE ABOVE       
Last Line: The common denominator


PITY, WE WERE A GOOD INVENTION       
First Line: They amputated your thighs from my hips


PITY, WE WERE A GOOD INVENTION       
First Line: They amputated
Last Line: We flew a bit


PITY. WE WERE SUCH A GOOD INVENTION       
First Line: They amputated
Last Line: We even flew


PITY. WE WERE SUCH A GOOD INVENTION       
First Line: They amputated %your thighs off my hips
Last Line: We even flew a little
Subject(s): Love


PLACE WHERE I NEVER WAS       
First Line: In the place where I never was
Last Line: After breaking the first tablets


PLACE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT       
First Line: From the place where we are right
Last Line: House once stood


PLACENTA OF LOVE       
Last Line: To live a second time


PLAYGROUND       
First Line: The trees in the playground grew or died
Last Line: In the playground during the vacation %you've seen longing.


POEM       
First Line: As at the beginning of birth
Last Line: Enough! No more! To rest like this


POEM ABOUT REPAIRS TO MY HOUSE       
First Line: Taleb, with eyes that saw the gold of kuwait
Last Line: Conflagration too is a language


POEM FOR ARBOR DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Children are planting their shoots
Last Line: And puts it down there in rooms / and leaves, alone
Subject(s): Arbor Day; Trees


POEM FOR ARBOR DAY       
First Line: Children are planting their shoots
Last Line: And leaves, alone
Subject(s): Arbor Day; Trees


POEM OF SPRING       
First Line: Because of hesitations
Last Line: Suddenly a jingle among paper rustling: %here!


POEM WITHOUT AN END       
First Line: Inside the brand-new museum
Last Line: Inside my heart %a museum


POEMS ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER       
First Line: Along the hudson trade roads
Last Line: I saw all that, and now I must go


POEMS FOR A WOMAN       
First Line: Your body is white like sand
Last Line: Spring found us


POEMS FROM BUENOS AIRES       
First Line: Subtle tools %very subtle tools
Last Line: At first, then: away from each other


POEMS OF AKHZIV       
First Line: Broken near the sea
Last Line: Hanging inside dreams and blood


POEMS OF LIES AND BEAUTY: 1       
First Line: Voices dispersed in the gardens long ago
Last Line: On a wall and weeps


POEMS OF LIES AND BEAUTY: 2       
First Line: In an unfinished house
Last Line: On a smooth, naked wall


POEMS OF LIES AND BEAUTY: 3       
First Line: A girl smells of a burned field
Last Line: A stranger sits in a chair all night and sighs


POEMS OF LIES AND BEAUTY: 4       
First Line: A dead man rides his bicycle
Last Line: And she too weeps before the mirror


POEMS OF LIES AND BEAUTY: 6       
First Line: A shepherd strolls in the woods, beautiful
Last Line: A blue light lies in the night and feels cold


POEMS OF RESIGNING       
First Line: I resign
Last Line: What I didn't believe they would do


POEMS OF SPRING IN THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: It was not given me to linger at this lake
Last Line: We imagine this will stretch out our days. We imagine


POEMS OF THE HOT WIND       
First Line: A train pursued by oleanders
Last Line: They reach black oil inside me


POEMS OF THE LAND OF ZION AND JERUSALEM       


POEMS ON THE SHORE OF CAESAREA, SELS.       


POEMS TO A GIRL ON THE SEASHORE: 1       
First Line: In lions' lair of sand
Last Line: Of an unbuckled sandal


POEMS TO A GIRL ON THE SEASHORE: 2       
First Line: So truly at the sea
Last Line: The bottom line


POEMS TO A GIRL ON THE SEASHORE: 3       
First Line: So truly at the sea
Last Line: And you, have you %remained with me?


POLITICAL POEM       
First Line: To erase the expression of coarse lust
Last Line: Smuggled in from countries of freedom


PRECISE WOMAN       
First Line: A precise woman with a short haircut brings order
Last Line: My own shoes point toward it


PRECISE WOMAN       
First Line: A precise woman with a short haircut makes order
Last Line: (my shoes point toward it.)


PROBLEM IN A MATH BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember a problem in a math book
Last Line: And know what I did well and what I did not fo. Amen
Subject(s): Growth; Man-woman Relationships; Maturity; Religion; Male-female Relations; Theology


PROBLEM IN A MATH BOOK       
First Line: I remember a problem in a math book
Last Line: And what I did well and what I didn't amen
Subject(s): Growth; Man-woman Relationships; Maturity; Religion


PSALM       
First Line: A psalm on the day
Last Line: Till my heart breaks, first heart and second heart. %a psalm


QUICK AND BITTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The end was quick and bitter
Last Line: We could have become a silence
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


QUICK AND BITTER       
First Line: The end was quick and bitter
Last Line: Had we remained together %we could have become a silence
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


QUIET JOY       
First Line: I'm standing in a place where I once loved
Last Line: Just a little time left now for quiet joy


RABBI NAKHMAN OF BRATSLAV       
Last Line: By which god pulled him out of all evil %I don't


RAIN ON A BATTLEFIELD       
First Line: It rains on my friends' faces


RAIN ON THE BATTLEFIELD       
First Line: Rain falls on the faces of my friends
Last Line: And my dead friends, who %don't


RAIN ON THE BATTLEFIELD       
First Line: Rain falls on the faces of my comrades
Last Line: And on the faces of my dead comrades, who %no longer cover


RAMATAYIM       
First Line: People sit on the porch
Last Line: Sugar fell in the war


REAL HERO       
First Line: The real hero of the binding of isaac was the ram
Last Line: But the real hero of the binding of isaac %is the ram


REAL HERO OF THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC       
First Line: The real hero of the sacrifice was the ram
Last Line: Is the ram


RELATIVITY       
First Line: There are toy ships with waves painted on them
Last Line: I warned him


RELATIVITY       
First Line: There's a toy ship with waves painted on it
Last Line: He wants to be alone with his god: %I warned him.


RELEASE HER       
First Line: Release her now
Last Line: You became another, you cannot be returned


RESURRECTION       
First Line: Afterward they will get up
Last Line: At the back of her neck


RETURN FROM EIN GEDI       
First Line: From the green and hidden lushness of ein gedi
Last Line: Tomorrow at seven had yellowed and crumpled straight away %like the face of a child born old.


RITUAL BATH       
First Line: Then we came to a ritual bath in ruins. A good man led us to it
Last Line: And death in his prophet


ROSEBUSH HANGS OVER THE WALL       
First Line: A rosebush hangs over the wall, witness to bliss
Last Line: But a rosebush hangs over the wall


RUHAMA       
First Line: Here in this wadi we lived during the war
Last Line: So no one else can enter


RUSTLE OF HISTORY'S WINGS, AS THEY USED TO SAY THEN       
First Line: Not far from the railroad tracks, near the fickle post office
Last Line: And the wise heart that would forget


RUSTLE OF HISTORY'S WINGS, AS THEY SAID THEN       
First Line: Not far from the railway track beside the painful post office
Last Line: Over the foolish heart that still loved her %and over the wise heart that would forget.


SABBATH LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: On friday, at twilight of a summer day
Last Line: I’ve gone to another life
Subject(s): Sabbath; Jews; Sunday; Judaism


SABBATH LIE       
First Line: On friday, at twilight of a summer day
Last Line: And my father returned the lie when he died: % I've gone to another life.


SADNESS OF EYES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF A VOYAGE       
First Line: There is a dark memory, the noise of children playing
Last Line: The rest, sadness of eyes and descriptions of a voyage


SAME EMBROIDERY, THE SAME PATTERN       
First Line: I saw a man wearing a skullcap embroidered
Last Line: The same embroidery, the same pattern


SANDALS       
First Line: Sandals are the skeleton of a whole shoe
Last Line: Facing a setting sun


SANDALS       
First Line: Sandals are the skeleton of a full shoe
Last Line: Like the sun setting


SEA AND THE SHORE       
First Line: The sea and the shore are always next to each other
Last Line: The world will return to chaos


SEASON OF RECOGNITION       
First Line: She grew so big and sad
Last Line: Of being forgotten among the forgetters


SECOND MEETING WITH MY FATHER       
First Line: Again I met my father in the cafe atarah
Last Line: And laid his hand on the magazine. %he laid it down and rested.


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Mr. Beringer, whose son / fell at the canal that strangers dug
Last Line: That drift away
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Fathers & Sons; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 1       
First Line: Mr. Beringer, whose son %fell at the canal that strangers dug
Last Line: That drift away
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: As a child he would mash his potatoes
Last Line: His body goes on being bathed and purified / forever
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 2       
First Line: As a child he would mash his potatoes
Last Line: His body goes on being bathed and purified %forever
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: The tomb of the unknown soldier
Last Line: By the glutton of hearts. Amen
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Unknown Soldier; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 3       
First Line: The tomb of the unknown soldier
Last Line: By the glutton of hears. Amen
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: I came upon an old zoology textbook, / brehm, volume ii, birds
Last Line: Oh my friend / red-breasted
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; World War I; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 4       
First Line: I came upon an old zoology textbook, %brehm, volume ii, birds
Last Line: Oh my friend, %red-breasted
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Dicky was hit. / like the water tower at yad mordechai
Last Line: A little to the north, near huleikat
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 5       
First Line: Dicky was hit. %like the water tower at yad mordechai
Last Line: A little to the north, near huleikat
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Is all of this / sorrow? I don't know
Last Line: Or where it comes from
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Cemeteries; Israel; Patriotism; Grief; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 6       
First Line: Is all of this %sorrow? I don't know
Last Line: Or where it comes from
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Memorial day for the war-dead: go tack on
Last Line: Behind all this, some great happiness is hiding
Subject(s): Middle East – Conflicts; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict


SEVEN LAMENTS FOR THE WAR-DEAD: 7       
First Line: Memorial day for the war-dead: go tack on
Last Line: Behind all this, some great happiness is hiding'
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


SHADOW OF THE OLD CITY       
First Line: In the morning the shadow of the old city falls
Last Line: Jerusalem is the venice of god


SHARM A-SHEIKH       
First Line: Hard men, red-eyed
Last Line: (like an empty house talking to an empty house)


SHEEPSKIN COAT       
First Line: My good friend gave me a sheepskin coat
Last Line: When it falls from the table to the floor


SHORE OF ASHKELON       
First Line: Here at the shore of ashkelon we arrived at
Last Line: To be alone in his death


SIGNS AND EVIDENCE IN THE ORCHARD OF GAN-HAYIM       
First Line: Face of (a woman),
Last Line: The well-known combination


SINCE THEN       
First Line: I fell in the battle of ashdod
Last Line: Of ashdod in the war of independence


SINCE THEN       
First Line: I fell in the battle of ashdod %in the war of liberation


SINCE THEN       
First Line: I fell in battle at ashdod
Last Line: For I fell in the soft, pale sands %of ashdod in the war of independence.


SINCE THEN       
First Line: I fell in the battle in ashdod
Last Line: Of ashdod in the war of independence


SIX POEMS FOR TAMAR       
First Line: The rain is speaking quietly
Last Line: My blood with inherit


SIX POEMS FOR TAMAR       


SIXTY KILOGRAMS OF PURE LOVE       
Last Line: And tickle you on the inside. You laugh, %I love you


SLEEP IN JERUSALEM       
First Line: While the chosen people
Last Line: An eternal heart burns red


SMELL OF GASOLINE ASCENDS IN MY NOSE       
Last Line: Upon us and upon all lovers in autumn
Subject(s): War


SMELL OF GASOLINE IN MY NOSE       
Last Line: For us, and all those who love in the fall
Subject(s): War


SO I WENT DOWN TO THE ANCIENT HARBOR       
First Line: So I went down to the ancient harbor: human actions
Last Line: And what drank its fill has long since rested in death


SODOM'S SISTER CITY       
First Line: Jerusalem is sodom's sister city
Last Line: The calm petals around the stem %god!
Subject(s): Jerusalem; Sodom


SOMBER SPRING       
First Line: A bright flower bloomed in the old fear
Last Line: And under mine. It's somber spring. No break


SOMEPLACE       
First Line: Someplace %the rain is no more, but never
Last Line: If something falls to the ground


SONG OF LIES ON SABBATH EVE       
First Line: On a sabbath eve, at dusk on a summer day
Last Line: I've gone to another life


SONG OF LOVE AND PAIN       
First Line: While we were together
Last Line: Stuck in the world's flesh %each one in his own place.


SONGS OF CONTINUITY       
First Line: Songs of continuity, land mines and graves
Last Line: Died a long time ago


SONGS OF THE LAND OF ZION AND JERUSALEM, SELS       
First Line: On the last words of trumpeldor
Last Line: And they are the fuel for the advent of messiahs


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 1       
First Line: Our baby was weaned during the first days
Last Line: Never to close again


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 11       
First Line: The city where I was born was destroyed by gunfire
Last Line: A tenant, a crosser of bridges, a citizen


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 12       
First Line: On the last words of trumpeldor
Last Line: They are fuel for the coming of messiahs


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 14       
First Line: Because of the will of the night, I left the land
Last Line: As in the far north


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 15       
First Line: Even my loves are measured by wars
Last Line: Which are so much alike wherever you go


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 17       
First Line: An armenian funeral on mount zion: the coffin
Last Line: No savior in our time


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 18       
First Line: The graves in jerusalem are the openings
Last Line: That will never get built


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 2       
First Line: The war broke out in the fall, at the empty border
Last Line: Shatter to bits


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 21       
First Line: Jerusalem's a place where everyone remembers
Last Line: Where someone was resurrected


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 22       
First Line: This is the end of the landscape. Among blocks
Last Line: Those days, yet also like now


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 23       
First Line: Nineteen years this city was divided
Last Line: Like ships whose anchors stuck deep in us, and sweetly ached


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 27       
First Line: The toys of an only god
Last Line: With a little flag on top that goes round and round


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 29       
First Line: People travel a long distance to be able to say: this reminds me
Last Line: The loneliness of his death, the death of his loneliness


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 3       
First Line: The october sun warms our faces
Last Line: Tears are nails


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 31    Poem Text    
First Line: Four synagogues are entrenched together
Last Line: Yes. These are thy tents, o jacob, in profundis
Subject(s): Synagogues


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 31       
First Line: Four synagogues are entrenched together
Last Line: That will never land
Subject(s): Synagogues


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 32       
First Line: In the lot through which lovers took a short-cut
Last Line: Is always beneath the level of the dead


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 34       
First Line: Let the memorial hill remember instead of me
Last Line: Let all of the remember so that I can rest


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 35       
First Line: In the summer whole peoples visit one another
Last Line: Sometimes they celebrate


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 36       
First Line: Every evening god takes his glittery merchandise
Last Line: And still not one prophet has come to buy


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 37       
First Line: All these stones, all this sorrow, all this
Last Line: That will come up and carry me up


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 4       
First Line: I have nothing to say about the war, nothing
Last Line: There's a god in heaven. Yes


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 5       
First Line: I've closed myself up, now I'm like
Last Line: In victory


SONGS OF ZION THE BEAUTIFUL: 8       
First Line: What did the man who burned to death
Last Line: To let it flow


SONNET FROM THE VOYAGE       
First Line: Gulls escorted us. From time to time
Last Line: Splashed down, as if being wasted, on the sea


SORT OF AN APOCALYPSE       
First Line: The man under his fig tree telephoned the man under his vine
Last Line: The iron of hatred will vanish, forever


SOUL       
First Line: I travel. Travels are the soul
Last Line: Like the migration of birds. Travel, my car


SPRING SONG       
First Line: In the morning I rise like a light plane
Last Line: And I empty my body and say: %come, peace, into my heart.


STATE OF AFFAIRS       
First Line: Heavy with the herd, like our forefathers in the bible
Last Line: He had moments of happiness. He was seasons


STATISTICS       
First Line: For every man in a rage there are always
Last Line: Look, a bus full of empty people


STEWARDESS       
First Line: A stewardess told us to extinguish all smoking materials
Last Line: Of lovers of one great love in their life


STRAIGHT FROM PREJUDICE       
First Line: Straight from prejudice you leaped to me
Last Line: Like snow and christmas ornaments


STRAIGHT FROM YOUR PREJUDICE       
First Line: Straight from your prejudice you came to me
Last Line: But when you cried, tears shone in your eyes %like snow and christmas trimmings.


STROLL IN THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OF THE VALLEY OF THE SON       
First Line: To protect the garden and watch over its fruits
Last Line: And the next, eroded earth


SUCH AS SORROW       
First Line: Should you realize so much, daughter of every season
Last Line: Such as, come and hand me my last hour. Such as, sorrow


SUFLA SPRINGS IN THE MOUNTAIN OF JUDEA       
First Line: I took two friends with me to find
Last Line: And the rest of the heavens on this tired head. %caution! Nostalgic area!


SUFLAH SPRING IN THE JUDEAN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: I took my two friends with me to find
Last Line: Warning! Zone of longing!


SUMMER BEGINS       
First Line: Summer begins. In the old cemetery
Last Line: And a little %consolation warm


SUMMER EVENING AT THE WINDOW WITH PSALMS       
First Line: Careful examination of the past
Last Line: And the door is his prophet


SUMMER EVENING IN THE JERUSALEM MOUNTAINS       
First Line: An empty soda can on a rock
Last Line: More than equal


SUMMER EVENING IN THE JERUSALEM MOUNTAINS       
First Line: An empty can on a rock
Last Line: To sing into me. I and the world are equivalent %I am more


SUMMER NIGHT IN THE KING DAVID HOTEL       
First Line: Five people were sitting on the balcony
Last Line: Its sound barefoot and damp


SUMMER OR ITS END       
First Line: The smell of geranium
Last Line: For flowers were embroidered on it


SUMMER REST AND WORDS       
First Line: The sprinklers calm summer's wrath
Last Line: If it is full or empty %and its depth


SUNFLOWER FIELDS       
First Line: Fields of sunflowers ripe and withering
Last Line: Dark of a house, the inside of a man


SUPPORT FOR MY BREATHING       
First Line: I smoke a cigarette
Last Line: Forgotten, skipped my name


SURPLUS OF FLOWERS IN THE WORLD       
Last Line: His face and his face is beaming


SURPLUS OF FLOWERS IN THE WORLD       
Last Line: His face and his face is beaming


SWEET BREAKDOWNS OF ABIGAIL       
First Line: Everyone whacks her with tiny blows
Last Line: And will go on tearing and slashing away at her whole life


SWEET VOICE FROM THE KIBBUTZ       
First Line: They put me in a small, clean room
Last Line: To see the voices


SYNAGOGUE IN FIRENZE       
First Line: Softness of spring in the yard
Last Line: The girls, the tree, the crumbs


TAKIS SINOPOLUS, GREEK POET       
First Line: Takis sinopolus has eyes the color of the sea
Last Line: For you are tied to the mast


TEMPORARY POEM OF MY TIME       
First Line: Hebrew writing and arabic writing go from east to west
Last Line: And even peace will be weary and will be


TERRIBLE LONGINGS HAVE SEIZED ME       
First Line: Terrible longings have seized me, like people
Last Line: Many lit-up windows, many of her faces


THE AMEN STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: On my desk there is a stone with the word “amen” on it
Last Line: A jigsaw puzzle. Child’s play
Subject(s): Jews; Ancestors & Ancestry; Judaism; Heritage; Heredity


THE BULL RETURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bull returns from his day of work in the ring
Last Line: Dry and gray, as though from a split mattress
Subject(s): Bulls


THE CITY IN WHICH I WAS BORN WAS DESTROYED BY CANNON    Poem Text    
Last Line: How long / will my memories survive?
Subject(s): War; Life Change Events; Memor


THE SCHOOL WHERE I STUDIED    Poem Text    
First Line: I passed by the school where I studied as a boy
Subject(s): Jerusalem; Religious Education; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools


THE SMELL OF GASOLINE IN MY NOSE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Upon us and upon all lovers in autumn
Subject(s): Farewell; War; Love – Loss Of


THEIR EMBASSIES, HE SAID, WERE EVERYWHERE       
First Line: For who is
Last Line: Unless it be in the full sense of the night %and in the full severity of mercy
Subject(s): Human Rights; Judgments; Punishment


THERE ARE CANDLES THAT REMEMBER       
First Line: There are candles that remember for a full twenty-four hours
Last Line: A go-between, a buckle-man


THERE ARE CANDLES THAT REMEMBER       
First Line: There are candles that remember for twenty-four hours
Last Line: The mediator, the man-buckle


THERE ARE CANDLES THAT REMEMBER       
First Line: There are candles that remember twenty-four hours a day
Last Line: I am a middle man, a buckle man.


THEY ARE ALL DICE       
First Line: With great love the people
Last Line: That landed on the lucky side


THEY CALL ME       
First Line: Taxis below %and angels above
Last Line: I'm coming up!


THEY LIED TO US       
Last Line: Screams louder %than the shed


THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: From newspaper columns and notice boards
Last Line: On the table
Subject(s): Loss


THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN LOST       
First Line: From newspapers and notice boards
Last Line: With the telegram %on the table.


THIS IS THE LIFE OF PROMISES       
Last Line: And this is the life of promises


THIS IS THE LIFE OF PROMISES       
First Line: This is the life of promises. The greek priest
Last Line: And this is the life of promises


THIS PLACE       
First Line: This place will not console us
Last Line: Is the shadow of another world


THREADING       
First Line: Loving each other began this way: threading
Last Line: Like cain, a boomerang from the field


THREE TIMES I CAME TO ROME       
Last Line: Even the porta san sebastiano %I love


THROUGH TWO POINTS ONLY ONE STRAIGHT-LINE CAN PASS       
First Line: A planet once got married to a star
Last Line: Through two points only one straight line can pass


THROW PILLOWS       
First Line: Sometimes I still hear the world
Last Line: And I was their messiah


TIME HAS COME TO COLLECT EVIDENCE       
First Line: When was the last time I cried
Last Line: And his groin


TIME: 1       
First Line: Poems of continuity, mines and graves
Last Line: Place, and the prophets died off long ago


TIME: 11       
First Line: How goodly are your tents, jacob. Even when there are no
Last Line: In the butcher shop, in the souk, in the old city


TIME: 12       
First Line: Advice of good love: do not love
Last Line: Till nothing's left


TIME: 13       
First Line: Shifra and batya promised
Last Line: And the penis that brings joy %they don't


TIME: 19       
First Line: How did a banner begin? Let's assume there was something whole
Last Line: They're a banner too


TIME: 20       
First Line: The radius of the bomb was twelve inches
Last Line: To no end and no god


TIME: 21       
First Line: I am the figure of a jewish father with a sack on his back
Last Line: And white sweet foam for future generations


TIME: 22       
First Line: What is it? An airplane at dawn. No
Last Line: At the ancient window overlooking the valley


TIME: 29       
First Line: From the scroll of esther, I filtered out the sediment
Last Line: She's fine, she's fine


TIME: 3       
First Line: On this evening, I think again
Last Line: And how without pain, time


TIME: 30       
First Line: My friend, what you're doing now
Last Line: To your body for the great bonfire where you will burn


TIME: 31       
First Line: I was weaned from the curse of adam
Last Line: I am a man of refuge: the third adam


TIME: 32       
First Line: When I was young, the country was young too. My father
Last Line: Like a feeling of falling before you fall asleep


TIME: 33       
First Line: Oh, my old, venerable teacher, life
Last Line: Grows. And she will be I, and I -- she


TIME: 34       
First Line: The door of the house opened by mistake:
Last Line: A turbulent waterfall. In the morning, calm water


TIME: 35       
First Line: In the garden, at the white table
Last Line: Cleared from the table


TIME: 36       
First Line: I am like a leaf that knows its limits
Last Line: Like a quarry. Now abandoned


TIME: 37       
First Line: Karl marx, cold mark that you are,
Last Line: Is always a tear


TIME: 4       
First Line: My son was born in asuta hospital and since then
Last Line: I am still the same man, almost with no memories


TIME: 41       
First Line: The evening is lying at the horizon, donating blood
Last Line: A secret military installation blooms in the dark


TIME: 42       
First Line: These words, like heaps of feathers
Last Line: We shall call to each other forever: 'we shall change!'


TIME: 43       
First Line: A hymn for independence day. So distant
Last Line: Something %still moves


TIME: 46       
First Line: You carry the load of heavy buttocks and your eyes are light
Last Line: Curled up in my dark brain


TIME: 5       
First Line: The aching bones of lovers
Last Line: War is close. Amen


TIME: 52       
First Line: Jerusalem the cradle city that rocks me
Last Line: And all my memories are closed yards on summer afternoons


TIME: 54       
First Line: Evening hours of the soul
Last Line: Another door remains shut: through it, the silence


TIME: 55       
First Line: A trap rises from the earth on a summer night
Last Line: The first morning light will set them off


TIME: 58       
First Line: The man crossing the field was a chief rabbi
Last Line: Like rachel mourning her sons in her grave


TIME: 59       
First Line: Early in the morning, you lean on the wall of an old house
Last Line: To lean on it the next morning


TIME: 6       
First Line: The soldiers in the grave say: you, up there
Last Line: And the joy on the water


TIME: 63       
First Line: When a man is away from his homeland for a long time
Last Line: Recycled to me in a convoluted way


TIME: 64       
First Line: I love these people in their tall house
Last Line: And another one, and another one


TIME: 66       
First Line: Late in my life, I come to you
Last Line: And one, a souvenir for me. And you went


TIME: 68       
First Line: You're small and thin in the rain. A small target
Last Line: No crease, no stain, like the cursed summer sky


TIME: 69       
First Line: My son, the softness of your face already shows
Last Line: Of bar mitzvah for you


TIME: 70       
First Line: In this valley, where many waters
Last Line: Though it was not meant for it


TIME: 71       
First Line: He left two sons,' they say
Last Line: Slated for demolition in jerusalem


TIME: 72       
First Line: My former student is in the traffic police
Last Line: She even joins them!


TIME: 73       
First Line: What a man on a bald mountain in jerusalem
Last Line: From so much love poured all over me


TIME: 74       
First Line: And I am always like this fleeing from hurt and pain
Last Line: To the last pain that won't hurt anymore


TIME: 77       
First Line: My god, the soul you gave me
Last Line: Until the smoke vanishes like smoke


TIME: 80       
First Line: Then I went down to the ancient port: human actions
Last Line: And what was satisfied, long ago rested in death


TIME: 9       
First Line: What is it? An old shed for tools
Last Line: No, it's a shed for tools


TO A CONVERT       
First Line: A son of abraham is studying to be a jew
Last Line: Whoever catches it--you'll be hers, hers, hers


TO BAKE THE BREAD OF YEARNING       
First Line: The last time I went to see my child
Last Line: Works only among the dead


TO CARRY ON LIVING       
First Line: Oh, make my bed in the warm air
Last Line: To avoid meeting %each other again
Subject(s): Love


TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF HEAVY BUTTOCKS       
Last Line: Curled up in my dark brain


TO DIE, TO BE TORN       
First Line: How many times does a man wait for another man
Last Line: To die, to be torn


TO FORGET SOMEONE       
First Line: Forgetting someone is like
Last Line: But it's the light %that makes you remember.


TO GATHER SOMETHING       
First Line: In mid-advance
Last Line: To gather something


TO HURL HAUNTING MEMORIES       
First Line: These days I think of the wind in your hair
Last Line: Haunting memories into what was the present


TO MY LOVE, COMBING HER HAIR       
Last Line: Let's lie fastened together, a double safety-lock


TOO MANY       
First Line: Too many olive trees in the valley
Last Line: Of my life, which could have been my true life


TOURIST       
First Line: On a great rock by the jaffa gate
Last Line: In these streets, %now I use it for %holy desire.


TOURIST       
First Line: She showed me her hair turning
Last Line: Ancient weeping undid our groins


TOURIST       
First Line: She showed me her swaying hair


TOURISTS       
First Line: So condolence visits is what they're here for
Last Line: In cool blue bathrooms


TOURISTS       
First Line: They come here to visit the mourners
Last Line: Who bought fruit and vegetables for his home


TOURISTS       
First Line: Visits of condolence are all we get from them
Last Line: Brought fruit and vegetables for his family.


TRAVEL BY TRAIN       
First Line: People travel all day long
Last Line: Written in big white letters %let me die


TRAVELS OF BENJAMIN THE LAST, OF TUDELA       
First Line: You ate and drank your fill. You arrived here
Last Line: In wars and in this spring %till the final kiss


TRAVELS OF THE LAST BENJAMIN OF TUDELA       
First Line: You ate and were filled, you came
Last Line: Until the final kiss


TRY AGAIN       
First Line: And my scream is made


TRY TO REMEMBER SOME DETAILS       
First Line: Try to remember some details. Remember the clothing
Last Line: To remember some details


TWO DISAPPEARED IN THE HOUSE       
Last Line: Like an unfinished building


TWO DISAPPEARED INTO A HOUSE       
Last Line: As in a building that was never finished


TWO FRAGMENTS OF THE POPULATION EXPLOSION       
First Line: Two fragments of the population explosion
Last Line: Are those about to part but how rich %they are in minutes and seconds.


TWO GIRLS LIVE IN AN OLD HOUSE       
First Line: Two girls live in an old house
Last Line: The other, sandals with thongs %wrapped round almost to the navel.


TWO GIRLS LIVE IN THE OLD HOUSE       
Last Line: Winding almost to her navel


TWO PHOTOGRAPHS       
First Line: When uncle david fell in the first world war
Last Line: Will bridge that gap and be your exit-ramp


TWO POEMS ABOUT THE FIRST BATTLES: 1       
First Line: The first battles brought forth
Last Line: Goes to the front


TWO POEMS ABOUT THE FIRST BATTLES: 2       
First Line: On the way to the front we slept in a kindergarten
Last Line: And also in my eyes, even under their lids


TWO POETS IN MEXICO       
First Line: Claudia is a multitude of jews
Last Line: And the bee drowned in its own honey


TWO SONGS OF PEACE: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: My son smells of peace when I lean over him
Last Line: We suddenly realize as we grow the smell of peace vanishes out fo our lives
Subject(s): Peace; Smells; Sons


TWO SONGS OF PEACE: 1       
First Line: My son smells of peace when I lean over him
Last Line: Promised him that %which god can't promise us
Subject(s): Peace


TWO SONGS OF PEACE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: My love was not in the war
Last Line: Whose borders we shall never cross
Subject(s): Peace; War; Middle Age


TWO SONGS OF PEACE: 2       
First Line: My love was not in the war
Last Line: And of an enemy and lover %whose borders we shall never cross
Subject(s): Peace


U.N. HEADQUARTERS IN THE HIGH COMMISSIONER'S HOUSE       
First Line: The mediators, the peacemakers, the compromise-shapers, the comforters
Last Line: And then they set sail


UN HEADQUARTERS IN THE HIGH COMMISSIONER'S RESIDENCE       
First Line: The mediators, reconcilers, compromisers, appeasers
Last Line: Resting %then sail off


VISIT OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA       
First Line: Not resting but moving her lovely butt
Last Line: No sound, departed and departed and departed


VOYEUR       
First Line: A woman dealing with matters of the past
Last Line: Collecting material for his visions


WATER'S SURFACE       


WAY IT WAS       
Last Line: Of sleeplessness and forever


WE DID IT       
First Line: We did it before the mirror
Last Line: Like the summer ground below


WE DID IT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR       


WE DID WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF US       
Last Line: Turning, into the light and the darkness and the light. %we did what was expected of us


WE DID WHAT WE HAD TO       
Last Line: We did what we had to do


WE HAVE DONE OUR DUTY       
First Line: We did our duty
Last Line: We have done our duty


WE HAVE NO UNKNOWN SOLDIERS       
Last Line: Whose name-his name


WE TRAVELED UNTO A SLEEP FAR FROM US       
First Line: We traveled unto a sleep far from us
Last Line: Our meeting, in red joy, was illusory %like the meeting of sun and sea at evening.


WEDDING SONG       
First Line: Your parents supplied the woman and my parents the man
Last Line: From his ruined temple unto his heavens: %man must always remain in his life.


WHAT A COMPLICATED MESS       
First Line: What a complicated mess in this little country
Last Line: And I don't make anything


WHAT ENTANGLEMENT IN THIS SMALL COUNTRY       
Last Line: And I do not make anything


WHAT I LEARNED IN THE WARS       
First Line: What did I learn in the wars
Last Line: The white of clouds and an expanse of sky blue %and endless stars


WHAT KIND OF A PERSON       
First Line: What kind of a person are you?' I heard them say to me
Last Line: Whose days are numbered. Hallelujah


WHAT KIND OF MAN       
First Line: What kind of man are you?' people ask me
Last Line: Whose days are numbered. Hallelujah


WHEN A MAN'S FAR AWAY FROM HIS COUNTRY       
First Line: When a man's far away from his country for a long time
Last Line: Through a complicated pipework


WHEN I BANGED MY HEAD ON THE DOOR       
First Line: When I banged my head on the door, I screamed
Last Line: Door, door. Your hand, your hand


WHEN I DIE       
First Line: When I die, I want only to handle me in the chevra kadisha
Last Line: On my life, that's what I want in my death, in my life, on my life
Subject(s): Women


WHEN I HAVE A STOMACHACHE       
First Line: When I have a stomachache, I feel like
Last Line: There's a strong recoil, back to childhood, and it hurts


WHEN I HAVE A STOMACHACHE       
First Line: When I have a stomachache
Last Line: The recoil is fierce, back to childhood, and painful.


WHEN I RETURNED THEY TOLD ME THERE'S NO       
Last Line: I was where-from, now here, soon where-to


WHEN I WAS A CHILD       
Last Line: And wanted my thirsty sleep


WHEN I WAS YOUNG, THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS YOUNG       
First Line: When I was young, the whole country was young. And my father
Last Line: Just before sleep


WHITE NEGRESS       
First Line: I'm longing again
Last Line: Arguments about religion


WILD PEACE       
First Line: Not the one of an armistice
Last Line: Suddenly, an imperative of the field %wild peace


WILDLING PEACE       
First Line: Not that of a truce
Last Line: Sudden, from the field's own need: %wildling peace


WILDPEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not that of a cease-fire
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


WILDPEACE       
First Line: Not that of a cease-fire
Last Line: Suddenly, because the field %needs it [or, must have it]: wildpeace
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts


WINDMILL IN YEMIN MOSHE       
First Line: The windmill never ground flour
Last Line: Making out of us the bread of peace %for the generation to come.


WITH ALL THE RIGOR OF PITY       
First Line: Count them. %you may count them. They
Last Line: And all the rigor of pity


WITH HER IN AN APPLE       
First Line: You visit me in an apple
Last Line: Till the paring knife finishes its work


WITH MY MOTHER       
First Line: My mother always calls me in
Last Line: A pimp, and a smooth traveling salesman


WONDERFUL BAKER       
First Line: I sat on the wide widewalk of cafe willheim in ramatayim
Last Line: As a man and his death are one


YEHUDA HA-LEVI       
First Line: The soft hairs on the back of his neck
Last Line: He will sow


YOM KIPPUR       
First Line: Yom kippur without my father and mother
Last Line: The word 'broken' is broken


YOM KIPPUR       
First Line: Yom kippur without my father and without my mother
Last Line: The word 'splintered' is splintered


YOU ARE SO SMALL AND SLIGHT IN THE RAIN       
First Line: You are so small and slight in the rain. A small target
Last Line: Not a wrinkle, not a stain, like the cursed %summer


YOU CAN RELY ON HIM       
First Line: Joy has no parents. No joy ever
Last Line: Only those who really love me %know better


YOU CAN RELY ON HIM       
First Line: Joys have no parents. Not a single joy
Last Line: Only those who truly love me %know you can't


YOU CAN RELY ON HIM       
First Line: Happiness has no father. No happiness ever
Last Line: Only those who really love me %know you can't.


YOU MUST NOT SHOW WEAKNESS       
Last Line: And people think it's normal speech


YOU MUSTN'T SHOW WEAKNESS       
Last Line: And people think it's ordinary speech


YOU MUSTN'T SHOW WEAKNESS       
First Line: You mustn't show weakness
Last Line: With sirens blaring. %people think it's normal speech.


YOU NEVER GROW UP       
First Line: You never grow up
Last Line: Lying! Don't do it! %don't be a child.


YOU TOO GOT TIRED       
First Line: You too got tired of being an advertisement
Last Line: And how shall I answer you. And what shall I bring


YOU WILL SPEAK       
First Line: Our days as in ancient times, in ancient times
Last Line: And it opened. You will speak


YOUNG GIRL GOES OUT IN THE MORNING, LIKE A KNIGHT       
First Line: A young girl goes out in the morning
Last Line: Like the fluttering of a moth %caught between two panes of glass.


YOUNG GIRL IN THE NEGEV       
First Line: A young girl is sitting under
Last Line: Like the eyes of a paralyzed old man %following her--glinting.


YOUR LIFE AND DEATH, FATHER       
Last Line: Now I am your guard