PSALMS FOR THE SINNER
'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'** Luke 18:13
in the noise
Yehuda Amichai (1959)
On a roof in the Old City
Laundry hanging in the late afternoon sunlight:
The white sheet of a woman who is my enemy,
The towel of a man who is my enemy,
To wipe off the sweat of his brow
In the sky of the Old City
At the other end of the string,
I can’t see
because of the wall.
We have put up many flags
They have put up many flags
To make us think that they’re happy
To make them think that we’re happy.
An Arab Shepherd
Yehuda Amichai (1980)
An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount Zion
And on the opposite mountain I am searching.
For my little boy
An Arab shepherd and a Jewish father
Both in their temporary failure…
Afterwards we found them among the bushes
And our voices came back inside us, laughing and crying
Searching for a goat or a son
Has always been the beginning
of a new religion in these mountains.