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The Other Road

My father's clothes are dragging along
in the car trunk.
Driving with me from the grocery store to
the University and back
uphill on the mountain road
Entering the rear-view
and into the subconscious
Mixing with the landscape he loved so much
Like another road, other, laid-out over
the face of the mountain
in herring-bone and design of a brown sports shirt
Humming to themselves a Hasidic tune
or poem in the style of Nekrassov
In the silence he dared to keep all his life.

 

Translated from the Hebrew by David Shapiro with the author
From : Gufei Milim. Words' Bodies 1991

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