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    Poem of the Month, September 2012



    By Yehuda Amichai, translated from Hebrew by Ada Aharoni

    On Yom Kippur in the year Tashkah,
    I wore dark festive clothes
    and ambled to the old quarter
    in Jerusalem.
    I stood a long time
    before an Arab’s nook-shop
    not far from the Gate of Shechem,
    a shop of buttons and zippers and rolls of thread
    of all colors, and tie-tacs and buckles.
    A bright light shone forth with many colors,
    like an open tabernacle.

    I told him in my heart that my father too
    had a shop like his of threads and buttons.
    I explained to him in my heart
    about all the decades of years
    and the causes and the events,
    that I am now here
    and my father’s shop is burnt there
    and he is buried here.

    When I finished it was closing time.
    He too pulled the blind and locked the gate.
    And I went back home with all those
    who went to pray.



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