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Translations by Robert Friend

from Found in Translation: A Hundred Years of Modern Hebrew Poetry Edited and introduced by Gabriel Levin. (Menard Press, London, 1999)

Toward Myself

by Leah Goldberg

The years have made up my face
with memories of love,
adorned my head
with silver threads
and made me beautiful.

Landscapes are reflected
in my eyes,
the paths I trod
have taught me to walk upright
with beautiful, though tired steps.

If you should see me now,
you would not recognise
the yesterdays you knew.
I go toward myself with a face
you looked for in vain
when I went toward you.





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