May 132015

Natan Zakh (1930- )
When My Girl Left Me

When my girl left me,
as I once wrote,
I went to the café
and there were three people there:
one tall, one fat and one thin
and the fat one had two red flowers on the chest

the fat one’s (but
not the skinny one’s).
In fact,
when I came in they didn’t notice me.
There comes such a moment:

a man comes in and sits
while another thinks
a mere breeze rattled the door

or not even that.

נתן זך
כשהלכה ממני נערתי

כְּשֶׁהָלְכָה מִמֶּנִּי נַעֲרָתִי,
כָּתַבְתִּי פַּעַם,
הָלַכְתִּי לְבֵית-הַקָּפֶה
וְהָיוּ שָׁם שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים:
גָּבֹהַ, שָׁמֵן וְרָזֶה
וְלַשָּׁמֵן הָיוּ שְׁנֵי פְּרָחִים אֲדֻמִּים עַל הֶחָזֶה

שֶׁל הַשָּׁמֵן (אַךְ לֹא
שֶׁל הָרָזֶה).
כְּשֶׁנִּכְנַסְתִּי, לֹא הִרְגִּישׁוּ בִּי.
יֵשׁ רֶגַע כָּזֶה:

אָדָם נִכְנָס וְיוֹשֵׁב
וְאִלּוּ אַחֵר חוֹשֵׁב
שֶׁרַק רוּחַ סוֹבְבָה אֶת הַדֶּלֶת

אוֹ אֲפִלּוּ לֹא זֶה.

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