Sunday, June 13, 2010

Detached Verses

-Abba Kovner (translated, from Hebrew, by Eddie Levenston)

1
Soon
Soon you will pass from the darkened room
to another world.
Freed from debts
and contacts.

2
One more
one more look
at the neighbor's garden
and his dog asleep
on the still warm tiles.

3
A headline
A headline still blaring
by the base of an overflowing garbage can.

4
A little
A little longer in the setting light of
the sun.

5
The stub of a moment of parting
from things we ignored when we could still
live erect on our feet

6
Things we believed would never
fade have already been abandoned
by your memory.

7
If only you had been one of the philosophers!
giving a flavor of meaning
to ruined buildings, to acts

of heroism, to our fate.

8
Was that leap
into the depths
any easier?

9
Soon
Soon we shall know
if we have learnt to accept that the stars
do not go out when we die.

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