Nov 202012
 

Amphibrachs! So many amphibrachs! So Ashkenazis! Also, God as a blacksmith — hell of Bialik, dude. “Ve-yonef patishoy u-ve-halmus anok, eil koro la-koyakh va-yishoym khezok…”

Uri Tzvi Greenberg (1896 – 1981)
With My God the Smith

Like chapters of prophecy, my days are blazing with every epiphany

Among them my body’s a lump of raw metal for forging.
And standing above me, my smith-God is hamm’ring with might:
Each wound time cut in me is open before him and gouging
And show’ring in sparks made of moments a bound fire’s light.

And this is my fate and my sentence ’til dusk on the road.
And when I return to cast my hammered lump on the bed,
My mouth is a wound that yawns open and abscessed.
And naked I speak to my God: “Your hard work never slowed.
Night now has fallen — so let us both rest.”

אורי צבי גרינברג
עם אלי הנפח


כְּפִרְקֵי נְבוּאָה בֹּועֲרִים יְמוֹתַי בְּכָל הַגִּלּוּיִים

וְגוּפִי בֵינֵיהֶם כְּגוּשׁ הַמַּתֶּכֶת לְהִתּוּךְ.
וְעָלַי עוֹמֵד אֵלִי הַנַפָּח וּמַכֶּה בִּגְבוּרָה:
כָּל פֶּצַע, שֶׁחָתַךְ הַזְּמָן בִּי, פּוֹתֵחַ לוֹ חִתּוּךְ
וּפוֹלֵט בְּגִצֵּי רְגָעִים הָאֵשׁ הָעֲצוּרָה.

זֶהוּ גוֹרָלִי־מִשְׁפָּטִי עַד עֶרֶב בַּדָּרֶךְ.
וּבְשׁוּבִי לְהָטִיל אֶת גּוּשִׁי הַמֻּכֶּה עַל עֶרֶשׂ,
פִּי — פֶּצַע פָּתוּחַ.
וְ עֵ י ר וֹ ם אֲדַבֵּר עִם אֵלִי: עָבַדְתָּ בְּפָרֶךְ.
עַתָּה בָּא לַיְלָה: תֵּן — שְׁנֵינוּ נָנוּחַ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Ke-fírkei nevúoh bóyarim yemóysai be-khól ha-gilúim

Ve-gúfi veinéihem ke-gúsh ha-matékhes le-hítukh.
Ve-olái óymeid éili ha-nápokh u-mákeh bigvúroh:
Kol pétza, she-khósakh ha-zmón bi, poyséiakh loy khítukh
U-fóyleit be-gítzei regóim ho-éish ho-atzúroh.

Zéhu goyróli-mishpóti ad érev ba-dórekh.
Uvshúvi lehótil es gúshi ha-múkeh al éres,
Pi — pétza posúakh.
Ve-éiroym adábeir im éili: ovádta be-fórekh.
Átoh ba láiloh: tein — shnéinu nonúakh.

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