Yehuda Amichai
Of Three Or Four In The Room by Yehuda Amichai

Of Three Or Four In The Room by Yehuda Amichai

Out of three or four in the room One is always standing at the window. Forced to see the injustice amongst the thorns, The fires on the hills. And people who left whole Are ...

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I Don’T Know If History Repeats Itself by Yehuda Amichai

I Don’T Know If History Repeats Itself by Yehuda Amichai

I don't Know if history repeats itself But I do know that you don't. I remember that city was divided Not only between Jews and Arabs, But Between me and you, When we were ...

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A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai

A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai

On a little hill amid fertile fields lies a small cemetery, a Jewish cemetery behind a rusty gate, hidden by shrubs, abandoned and forgotten. Neither the sound of prayer nor ...

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A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai

A Jewish Cemetery In Germany by Yehuda Amichai

On a little hill amid fertile fields lies a small cemetery,a Jewish cemetery behind a rusty gate, hidden by shrubs,abandoned and forgotten. Neither the sound of prayernor the ...

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Yad Mordechai by Yehuda Amichai

Yad Mordechai by Yehuda Amichai

Yad Mordechai. Those who fell herestill look out the windows like sick childrenwho are not allowed outside to play.And on the hillside, the battle is reenactedfor the benefit of ...

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You Mustn’T Show Weakness by Yehuda Amichai

You Mustn’T Show Weakness by Yehuda Amichai

You mustn't show weaknessand you've got to have a tan.But sometimes I feel like the thin veilsof Jewish women who faintat weddings and on Yom Kippur.You mustn't show weaknessand ...

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God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children by Yehuda Amichai

God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children by Yehuda Amichai

God has pity on kindergarten children,He pities school children -- less.But adults he pities not at all.He abandons them,And sometimes they have to crawl on all foursIn the ...

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Ein Yahav by Yehuda Amichai

Ein Yahav by Yehuda Amichai

A night drive to Ein Yahav in the Arava Desert,a drive in the rain. Yes, in the rain.There I met people who grow date palms,there I saw tamarisk trees and risk trees,there I saw ...

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Try To Remember Some Details by Yehuda Amichai

Try To Remember Some Details by Yehuda Amichai

Try to remember some details. Remember the clothing of the one you love so that on the day of loss you'll be able to say: last seen wearing such-and-such, brown jacket, white hat. ...

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You Mustn’T Show Weakness by Yehuda Amichai

You Mustn’T Show Weakness by Yehuda Amichai

You mustn't show weaknessand you've got to have a tan.But sometimes I feel like the thin veilsof Jewish women who faintat weddings and on Yom Kippur.You mustn't show weaknessand ...

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I Have Become Very Hairy by Yehuda Amichai

I Have Become Very Hairy by Yehuda Amichai

I have become very hairy all over my body.I'm afraid they'll start hunting me because of my fur.My multicolored shirt has no meaning of love --it looks like an air photo of a ...

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I Want To Die In My Own Bed by Yehuda Amichai

I Want To Die In My Own Bed by Yehuda Amichai

All night the army came up from GilgalTo get to the killing field, and that's all.In the ground, warf and woof, lay the dead.I want to die in My own bed.Like slits in a tank, ...

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Endless Poem by Yehuda Amichai

Endless Poem by Yehuda Amichai

In a modern museumIn an old synagogueIn the synagogueI Within meMy heartWithin my heartA museumWithin a museumA synagogueWithin itI Within meMy heartWithin my heartA museum

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My Child Wafts Peace by Yehuda Amichai

My Child Wafts Peace by Yehuda Amichai

My child wafts peace.When I lean over him,It is not just the smell of soap.All the people were children wafting peace.(And in the whole land, not even oneMillstone remained that ...

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Love Of Jerusalem by Yehuda Amichai

Love Of Jerusalem by Yehuda Amichai

There is a street where they sell only red meatAnd there is a street where they sell only clothes and perfumes. And thereis a day when I see only cripples and the blindAnd those ...

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Quick And Bitter by Yehuda Amichai

Quick And Bitter by Yehuda Amichai

The end was quick and bitter.Slow and sweet was the time between us,slow and sweet were the nightswhen my hands did not touch one another in despair but in the love of your body ...

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I Know A Man by Yehuda Amichai

I Know A Man by Yehuda Amichai

I know a manwho photographed the view he sawfrom the window of the room where he made loveand not the face of the woman he loved there.Translated by Chana Bloch

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An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion by Yehuda Amichai

An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion by Yehuda Amichai

An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount ZionAnd on the opposite hill I am searching for my little boy.An Arab shepherd and a Jewish fatherBoth in their temporary ...

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If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Yehuda Amichai

If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Yehuda Amichai

If I forget thee, Jerusalem,Then let my right be forgotten.Let my right be forgotten, and my left remember.Let my left remember, and your right closeAnd your mouth open near the ...

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What Kind Of A Person by Yehuda Amichai

What Kind Of A Person by Yehuda Amichai

"What kind of a person are you," I heard them say to me.I'm a person with a complex plumbing of the soul,Sophisticated instruments of feeling and a systemOf controlled memory at ...

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God Full Of Mercy by Yehuda Amichai

God Full Of Mercy by Yehuda Amichai

God-Full-of-Mercy, the prayer for the dead.If God was not full of mercy,Mercy would have been in the world,Not just in Him.I, who plucked flowers in the hillsAnd looked down into ...

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Temporary Poem Of My Time by Yehuda Amichai

Temporary Poem Of My Time by Yehuda Amichai

Hebrew writing and Arabic writing go from east to west,Latin writing, from west to east.Languages are like cats:You must not stroke their hair the wrong way.The clouds come from ...

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A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention by Yehuda Amichai

A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention by Yehuda Amichai

They amputatedYour thighs off my hips.As far as I'm concerned They are all surgeons. All of them.They dismantled usEach from the other.As far as I'm concernedThey are all ...

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My Father by Yehuda Amichai

My Father by Yehuda Amichai

The memory of my father is wrapped up inwhite paper, like sandwiches taken for a day at work.Just as a magician takes towers and rabbitsout of his hat, he drew love from his small ...

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The First Rain by Yehuda Amichai

The First Rain by Yehuda Amichai

The first rain reminds meOf the rising summer dust.The rain doesn't remember the rain of yesteryear.A year is a trained beast with no memories.Soon you will again wear your ...

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Memorial Day For The War Dead by Yehuda Amichai

Memorial Day For The War Dead by Yehuda Amichai

Memorial day for the war dead. Add nowthe grief of all your losses to their grief,even of a woman that has left you. Mixsorrow with sorrow, like time-saving history,which stacks ...

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On Rabbi Kook’s Street by Yehuda Amichai

On Rabbi Kook’s Street by Yehuda Amichai

On Rabbi Kook's Street I walk without this good man-- A streiml he wore for prayer A silk top hat he wore to govern, fly in the wind of the dead above me, float on the water of my ...

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Yad Mordechai by Yehuda Amichai

Yad Mordechai by Yehuda Amichai

Yad Mordechai. Those who fell herestill look out the windows like sick childrenwho are not allowed outside to play.And on the hillside, the battle is reenactedfor the benefit of ...

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And We Shall Not Get Excited by Yehuda Amichai

And We Shall Not Get Excited by Yehuda Amichai

And we shall not get excited. Because a translatorMay not get excited. Calmly, we shall pass onWords from man to son, from one tongueTo others' lips, un-Knowingly, like a father ...

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Do Not Accept by Yehuda Amichai

Do Not Accept by Yehuda Amichai

Do not accept these rains that come too late.Better to linger. Make your painAn image of the desert. Say it's saidAnd do not look to the west. RefuseTo surrender. Try this year ...

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Jews In The Land Of Israel by Yehuda Amichai

Jews In The Land Of Israel by Yehuda Amichai

We forget where we came from. Our Jewishnames from the Exile give us away,bring back the memory of flower and fruit, medieval cities,metals, knights who turned to stone, ...

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Let The Memorial Hill Remember by Yehuda Amichai

Let The Memorial Hill Remember by Yehuda Amichai

Let the memorial hill remember instead of me,that's what it's here for. Let the par in-memory-of remember,let the street that's-named-for remember,let the well-known building ...

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The Little Park Planted by Yehuda Amichai

The Little Park Planted by Yehuda Amichai

The little park planted in memory of a boywho fell in the war begins to resemble himas he was twenty eight years ago.Year by year they look more alike.His old parents come almost ...

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The School Where I Studied by Yehuda Amichai

The School Where I Studied by Yehuda Amichai

I passed by the school where I studied as a boyand said in my heart: here I learned certain thingsand didn't learn others. All my life I have loved in vainthe things I didn't ...

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Pity, We Were A Good Invention by Yehuda Amichai

Pity, We Were A Good Invention by Yehuda Amichai

They amputated Your thighs from my waist. For me they are always Surgeons. All of them. They dismantled us One from another. For me they are engineers. Pity, We were a good and ...

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Once A Great Love by Yehuda Amichai

Once A Great Love by Yehuda Amichai

Once a great love cut my life in two.The first part goes on twistingat some other place like a snake cut in two.The passing years have calmed meand brought healing to my heart and ...

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Tourists by Yehuda Amichai

Tourists by Yehuda Amichai

Visits of condolence is all we get from them.They squat at the Holocaust Memorial,They put on grave faces at the Wailing WallAnd they laugh behind heavy curtainsIn their ...

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Great Serenity: Questions And Answers by Yehuda Amichai

Great Serenity: Questions And Answers by Yehuda Amichai

People in a hall that’s lit so brightlyIt hurtsSpoke of religionIn the lives of contemporary peopleAnd on the place of GodPeople spoke in excited voicesLike in an airportI left ...

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I Wasn’t One of the Six Million: And What Is My Life Span? Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai

I Wasn’t One of the Six Million: And What Is My Life Span? Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai

IMy life is the gardener of my body. The brain—a hothouse closed tightwith its flowers and plants, alien and oddin their sensitivity, their terror of becoming extinct.The face—a ...

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Poem Without an End by Yehuda Amichai

Poem Without an End by Yehuda Amichai

Inside the brand-new museumthere's an old synagogue.Inside the synagogueis me.Inside memy heart.Inside my hearta museum.Inside the museuma synagogue,inside itme,inside memy ...

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