By Yehuda Amichai
Translations from the Hebrew of the good Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai, with an advent through Ted Hughes.
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39 37 All those stones, all this sorrow, all this light, debris of night hours, ash of noon, all those twisted pipes of holiness, wall and towers, rusty halos, all prophecies which couldn't hold back, like old men, all sweaty wings of angels, all stinking candles, all this false tourism, dung of redemption, bliss and testicles, garbage of nothingness, bomb and time. All this dust, all these dead bones in the process of resurrection and of wind, all this love, all these stones, all this sorrow.
But the world is made beautifully and built For a good rest, like a bench in a park. So I have found now A quiet joy, too late , Like finding out a dangerous malady too late: A few months more for quiet joy. A Young Jerusalem Poet Behind the partition made of bookshelves His wife sleeps at eleven in the morning. That's why I shall hold back my bitterness And speak silently , whisper honey. A young man and so seriousUntil his cheeks have become like reins: Where is he riding to-this Eye-rider? His first wife was a light bird, Peeping and twittering through the same books.
Out of the earth emerge All I wished never to see again : Pillar and window sill, cornice and jug, broken pieces of wine. ) And at night, to stir with that Blind golden scepter In pleasures. With the weight of kingdom and tiredness. 42 Outing at Some Beautiful Place With a Jewish girl Who has American hope In her eyes and whose nostrils are still Very sensitive to anti-Semitism. " Eyes like those one does not receive at birth So much color, so much sadness. She wore the coat of a soldier, discharged Or dead-by victory or defeatIn some worn-out war.
Amen by Yehuda Amichai