Dec 212012
 

Now this was a dude who did break-ups with style.

Yehuda Amiḥai (1924 – 2000)
Too Bad, We Were a Good Invention

They amputated
your thighs from my hips.
In my eyes, they’re always
doctors. Every one.

They dismantled us,
one from the other. In my eyes, they’re engineers.
Too bad, we were a good invention

and loving too: an airplane made of man and woman,
wings and all:
we lifted off the ground a bit,
we flew a bit.

יהודה עמיחי
חבל, היינו אמצאה טובה


הֵם קָטְעוּ
אֶת יְרֵכַיִךְ מִמָּתְנַי.
לְגַבַּי הֵם תָּמִיד
רוֹפְאִים. כֻּלָּם.

הֵם פֵּרְקוּ אוֹתָנוּ
זֶה מִזּוֹ. לְגַבַּי הֵם מְהַנְדְּסִים.
חֲבָל, הָיִינוּ אַמְצָאָה טוֹבָה

וְאוֹהֶבֶת: אֲוִירוֹן עָשׂוּי מְאִישׁ וְאִשָּׁה,
כְּנָפַיִם וְהַכֹּל:
מְעַט הִתְרוֹמַמְנוּ מִן הָאָרֶץ,
מְעַט עַפְנוּ.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Heim katʕú
‘et yereikháyikh mi-motnái.
Legabái heim tamid
rof’ím. Kulám.

Heim peirkú ‘otánu
zeh mi-zó. Legabái heim mehandesím.
Ḥavál, hayínu ‘amtza’áh továh

ve-‘ohévet: ‘avirón ʕasúi me-‘ísh ve-‘isháh,
Kenafáyim ve-ha-kól:
Meʕát hitromámnu min ha-‘áretz,
meʕát ʕáfnu.

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