“From the Book of Esther I Filtered the Sediment” -- Yehudah Amichai.
From the Book of Esther I filtered the sediment
of vulgar joy, and from the Book of Jeremiah
the howl of pain in the guts. And from
the Song of Songs, the endless
search for love. And from the Book of Genesis,
the dreams and Cain. And from Ecclesiastes,
the despair, and from the Book of Job: Job.
And with what was left, I pasted myself a new Bible.
Now I live censored and pasted and limited and in peace.
A woman asked me last night on the dark street
how another woman was
who’d already died. Before her time – and not
in anyone else’s time either.
Out of a great weariness I answered:
She’s fine, she’s fine.
סִנַּנְתִּי מִתּוֹךְ מְגִלַּת אֶסְתֵּר אֶת מִשְׁקַע
הַשִּׁמְחָה הַגַּסַּה וּמִתּוֹךְ סֵפֶר יִרְמְיָהוּאֶת יִלְלַת הַכְּאֵב בַּמֵּעַיִם.וּמִתּוֹךְשִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים אֶת הַחִיפּוּשֹ הָאֵין סוֹפִיאַחַר הָאַהֲבָה וּמִסֵּפֶר בְּרֵאשִׁית אֶתהַחֲלוֹמוֹת וְאֶת קַיִן וּמִתּוֹךְ קֹהֶלֶת אֶתהֵיֵּאוּשׁ וּמִתּוֹךְ סֶפֶר אִיּוֹב אֶת אִיּוֹב.וְהִדְבַּקְתִּי לִי מִן הַשְּׁאֵרֵיּוֹת סֶפֶר תַּנַ”ךְ חָדָשׁ.
אֲנִי חַי מְצֹנְזָר וּמֹדְבָּק וּמֹגְבָּל וּבְשַלְוָה.
אשה אחת שאלה אותי אמש ברחוב
החשוך על שלום אשה אחרת
שמתה לא בעתה ולא בעתו של אף אחד
מתוך עיפות גדולה עניתי לה:
שלומה טוב, שלומה טוב.
3 May 1924 – 22 September 2000) was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet, and one of the leading poets worldwide.
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