Shocking that I have never discovered this poet. What a beautiful simplicity to link two people and two hills that enclose a valley between them.
An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount Zion
And on the opposite hill I am searching for my little boy.
An Arab shepherd and a Jewish father
Both in their temporary failure.
Our two voices met above
The Sultan’s Pool in the valley between us.
Neither of us wants the boy or the goat
To get caught in the wheels
Of the “Had Gadya” machine.
Afterward we found them among the bushes,
And our voices came back inside us
Laughing and crying.
Searching for a goat or for a child has always been
The beginning of a new religion in these mountains.
(Today’s poem is in the public domain, belongs to the masses, and appears here today accordingly.)
Yehuda Amichai: (1924–2000) is recognized as one of Israel’s finest poets. His poems—written in Hebrew—have…
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