Amen by Yehuda Amichai

By Yehuda Amichai

Translations from the Hebrew of the good Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai, with an advent by way of Ted Hughes.

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After that to continue walking To some beautiful, hidden place At which a wise and experienced field commander Would have put his mortars. "In summer, after you, this hill Gets covered by a soft thought. " 43 A Bride Without Dowry A bride without dowry with a deep navel In her tanned belly. A little hole For food and drink, for birds. Oh, yes, this is the bride with her b ig buttocks Surprised out of her dreams and her fat In which she had bathed naked Like Susanna and the Elders. Oh , yes , this is this serious girl W ith freckles.

This sleeping one is his second one, and quiet, Surrounded by big wine , but Very sober in the midst of it, A lazy sun at ease. He goes out into the streets To fight for the law Of immunity for lovers. Song to a Friend You do not sleep at night , you say The hard bouncing ball of insomnia knocks wildly Inside you all night through In a game without a way ou t. I don't sleep either sometimes-but for Different reasons. Another forgetting Opens and closes for us In houses far from each other, A face weeping at my window is laughing At your window, bu t i t's the same sleep Tha t won't come to ei ther of us .

34 Let the memorial hill remember, instead of me, that's his job. Let the park in memory remember let the street names remember let the famous building remember let the house of worship in the name of God remember let the rolling scrolls of the law remember let memorial services remember, let the flags remember 37 those multicolored shrouds of history (the corpses they wrapped have anyhow turned to dust), let dust remember, let dung remember at the gate, let afterbirth remember . Let the wild beasts and the sky's birds eat and remember.

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