Jun 212015

Yosef Tzvi Rimon (1889-1958)
They Led Me Along to the Cloisters of the Monks

They led me along to the cloisters of the monks,
instructed me to remove the hat from my head,
and I beheld so many images of the Divine.
I almost burst into tears
at the sight of the crucified.
Would that I could have cried,
and told him too of my unbearable pain!…

יוסף צבי רימון
הוליכוני אל מקלטי הנזירות

הוֹלִיכוּנִי אֶל מִקְלְטֵי־הַנְּזִירוּת,
לִמְּדוּנִי הָסֵר כּוֹבָעִי מֵעַל רֹאשִׁי,
וּתְמוּנוֹת־הַקֹּדֶשׁ חָזִיתִי לָרֹב.
כִּמְעַט פָּרַצְתִּי בְּבֶכִי
לְמַרְאֶה הַצָּלוּב.
לוּ יָכֹלְתִּי בְּכוֹת עוֹד,
וְסַחְתִּי גַּם לְפָנָיו אֶת כְּאֵבִי הָאָיֹם!..

  2 Responses to “Yosef Tzvi Rimon, “Holikhuni ‘el Miqletei ha-Nezirut””

  1. Whoa.
    I actually love this a lot… I too have a strange attraction to Xian devotional art and I love how he frames it here as a parallel internal/external process, and the response to the overflow of imagery — the “rov” of tmunot-haqodesh. This might actually inspire some future art of mine… Stay tuned… :)

  2. Hey Noam! I shall most certainly stay tuned. Or feel free to share, too, when the moment arrives.

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with the poet, but he was a religious poet who wrote in free verse during an era when, of course, neither of those things were in vogue. And the unbearable pain that allows him to identify with the Christ figure isn’t, ah, strictly emotional – he was apparently set upon by an Arab gang during the 1936 riots while walking through a field and castrated. So that’s…horrifying/interesting?

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