Friday, May 3, 2013

he drew love

Yeshuda Amichai is considered by many to be Israel's greatest modern poet. I have loved his work for a long time and marvel that it translates so beautifully from the Hebrew. Today is Amichai's birthday. Though he died in 2000, this is one of the many, many gifts that he left behind:

My Father 

The memory of my father is wrapped up in 

white paper, like sandwiches taken for a day at work.

Just as a magician takes towers and rabbits

out of his hat, he drew love from his small body,

and the rivers of his hands

overflowed with good deeds.

(Magician Hands Pulling Rabbit Out Of Top Hat, H. Armstrong Roberts, 1935)

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