Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Before....by Yehuda Amichai





Before the gate has been closed,
        Before the last question is posed,

Before I am transposed.
        Before the weeds fill the gardens,

Before there are no pardons,
        Before the concrete is hardened,

Before all the flute-holes are covered,
        Before all things are locked in cupboards,

Before the rules are discovered.
        Before the conclusion is planned,

Before God closes His Hand,
        Before we have nowhere to stand.


Written by Yehuda Amichai
Translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell


Yehuda Amichai

1924-2000

26 comments:

  1. Wonderful! A great read. Thank you for sharing this. x

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  2. Often the "before" is more solid and enjoyable.

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  3. Ooooo. That last line... says it all.

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  4. Get it all in before as you won't after

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  5. Wow!!! I really really really like this. Great "B" post.

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  6. A most excellent choice for the day!

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  7. I like Before The Rules Are Discovered. I can work with that!

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  8. I agree with Stephen Tremp. This is an amazing poem.

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  9. The eloquence in this poem is very impressive.

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  10. Powerful words. Thanks for sharing this!!

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  11. Yes, very thoughtful, loved the ending especially.

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  12. I had not seen this before. I really like it! I think I might print it out and share with others!

    betty

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  13. To all commentors: When I read this, the words were so profound and meaningful. Yehuda Amichai was the poet laureate (if one poet is called such) in Israel. It thrills me that other bloggers recognize how filled with impact this is. :-)

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  14. B is also for "Beautiful" -- which this poem is! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  15. A really powerful before which transcends all the afters...

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  16. Something always precedes. Well said, Yehuda. :)

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  17. Good thought - but what is before? Love the picture of Winnie. Didn't notice it before.

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  18. Lovely. I especially like the line about the flute holes.

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  19. Thank you for sharing that! Loved it. "Before the gate has been closed"...We just talked about Jesus with our youth group as "the gate", so this speaks to me.

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  20. Before all that happens, we'd better get on with some living.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!