Jan 112013
 

Hey, a Hebrew poetry website that up until now had no Alterman poems. Weird, right?

Natan Alterman (1910 – 1970)
Moon

Even ancient visions had their own moments of birth.
The heavens, lacking birds,
so strange and fortified.
This moonlit night, before your window stands immersed
a city in the tears the crickets cried.

And as you see the way still watching for a wanderer
the moon as well
upon the cypress speared
you speak aloud — my God, are all these things still here?
Can one still ask their welfare in a whisper?

From their pools towards us the waters gaze.
In catkins’ crimson
stands at rest the tree.
Never, Lord our God, until the end of days
shall your great playthings’ grief be torn away from me.

נתן אלתרמן
ירח

 
גַּם לְמַרְאֶה נוֹשָׁן יֵשׁ רֶגַע שֶׁל הֻלֶּדֶת.
שָׁמַיִם בְּלִי צִפּוֹר
זָרִים וּמְבֻצָּרִים.
בַּלַיְלָה הַסָּהוּר מוּל חַלּוֹנְךָ עוֹמֶדֶת
עִיר טְבוּלָה בִּבְכִי הַצִּרְצָרִים.
 
וּבִרְאוֹתְךָ כִּי דֶּרֶךְ עוֹד צוֹפָה אֶל הֵלֶךְ
וְהַיָּרֵחַ
עַל כִּידוֹן הַבְּרוֹשׁ
אַתָּה אוֹמֵר — אֵלִי, הַעוֹד יֶשְׁנָם כָּל אֵלֶּה?
הַעוֹד מֻתָּר בְּלַחַשׁ בִּשְׁלוֹמָם לִדְרֹשׁ?
 
מֵאַגְמֵיהֶם הַמַּיִם נִבָּטִים אֵלֵינוּ.
שׁוֹקֵט הָעֵץ
בְּאֹדֶם עֲגִילִים.
לָעַד לֹא תֵּעָקֵר מִמֶּנִּי, אֱלֹהֵינוּ,
תּוּגַת צַעֲצוּעֶיךָ הַגְּדוֹלִים.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Gam le-mar’éh noshán yeish régaʕ shel hulédet.
Shamáyim bli tzipór
Zarím umvutzrím.
Ba-láilah ha-sahúr mul ḥalonkhá ʕomédet
ʕir tvuláh bivkhí ha-tzirtzarím.

U-vir’otkhá ki dérekh ʕod tzofáh ‘el héilekh
Ve-ha-yaréiaḥ
ʕal kidón ha-brósh
‘Atáh ‘omér — ‘eilí, ha-ʕód yeshnám kol ‘éileh?
Ha-ʕód mutár be-láḥash bishlomám lidrósh?

Mei-‘agmeihém ha-máyim nibatím ‘eiléinu.
Shokéit ha-‘ʕéitz
Be-‘ódem ʕagilím.
La-ʕád lo teiʕakéir miméni, ‘elohéinu,
Tugát tzaʕatzuʕékha hagdolím.

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