Ein sunnudagsyrking úr Ísrael

Posted on 16 juli 2017

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Yehuda Amichai er ísraelskur yrkjari. Hann varð føddur í 1924 og doyði í 2000. Amichai skrivaði á hebraiskum, men er týddur til eini fjøruti mál. Hetta ger hann til mest týdda ísraelska yrkjaran síðani Dávid Kong.

yehuda-amichai

A Child is Something Else Again

TRANSLATED BY CHANA BLOCH

A child is something else again. Wakes up
in the afternoon and in an instant he’s full of words,
in an instant he’s humming, in an instant warm,
instant light, instant darkness.

A child is Job. They’ve already placed their bets on him
but he doesn’t know it. He scratches his body
for pleasure. Nothing hurts yet.
They’re training him to be a polite Job,
to say “Thank you” when the Lord has given,
to say “You’re welcome” when the Lord has taken away.A child is vengeance.
A child is a missile into the coming generations.
I launched him: I’m still trembling.

A child is something else again: on a rainy spring day
glimpsing the Garden of Eden through the fence,
kissing him in his sleep,
hearing footsteps in the wet pine needles.
A child delivers you from death.
Child, Garden, Rain, Fate.

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