SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: YEHUDA AMICHAI

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.

As It Ought to Be


AN ARAB SHEPHERD IS SEARCHING FOR HIS GOAT ON MOUNT ZION
By Yehuda Amichai

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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Author: philipparees

A writer ( mostly narrative poetry) of fiction and non-fiction. Self publisher of fiction and Involution-An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God (Runner-up Book of the Year (2013), One time builder ( Arts centre) Mother of four daughters: Companion of old man and old dog: One time gardener, lecturer, wannabe cellist, mostly enquirer of 'what's it all about', blogger and things as yet undiscovered.

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