Feb 092015
 

I dedicate today’s poem to the nagging suspicion, given my many hits lately from internationally recognized universities and prominent rabbinical seminaries, that all my hard work is being increasingly used and nobody thinks it would be nice to tell me. I bite my motherfucking thumb at you, Internet.

Aharon Almog (1931 – )
Concerning the Silence of the Yemenites

Yemenites from Mahaneh Yosef1 came to my grandfather’s house
sat and kept silent
while one sang the other waited
and so I grew up between wailing
and silence
now they’ve put in a phone for my father and he sits
waiting for the ring
eighty years he kept silent, his forefathers kept silent
now he wants his words to be heard

אהרן אלמוג
על שתיקתם של התימנים


אֵל בֵּית סָבִי בָּאוּ תֵּימַנִים מִמַּחֲנֶה יוֹסֵף
יָשְׁבוּ וְשָׁתְקוּ
כְּשֶאֶחָד שָׁר הַשֵּׁנִי חִכָּה
כָּךְ גָּדַלְתִּי בֵּין נְהָמָה
לִשְׁתִיקָה
עַכְשָׁו הִתְקִינוּ לְאָבִי טֶלֶפוֹן וְהוּא יוֹשֵׁב
וּמְחַכֶּה לְצִלְצוּל
שְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה שָׁתַק שָׁתְקוּ אֲבוֹתָיו
עַכְשָׁו הוּא רוֹצֶה שֶׁיַּקְשִׁיבוּ לִדְבָרָיו
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  1. One of the early neighborhoods built to relieve overcrowding in Jaffa, populated largely by immigrants from Yemen.

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